The site is located in a zoned residential area which is a little bit away from the bustling main street. The client wished to have a comfortable house where she could hold a private Yoga class. To meet that request, linkage between exterior and interior spaces were identified to realize a living space that expands toward outside in terms of visual and sensory aspects.
▼首层平面图，first floor plan
When opening the entrance door of the symmetrically designed building, a courtyard surrounding the living room stretches right in front. The living room that also serves as the Yoga classroom has two openings; it can be used as one unified space together with the courtyard when the sliding doors are wide opened. The terrace continued from the living room is used for Yoga lessons. Light reflected by the basin and fresh wind stimulate the five senses, and set the mind and body free.
▼从起居室望向庭院露台，view to the terrace from the living room
▼露台也可以用作瑜伽空间，the terrace continued from the living room is used for Yoga lessons
The wall extended from the terrace incorporates a tower structure that can be regarded as the symbol of this house. The frosted glass fitted in the sculptural-shaped form makes the light thrown into the room softer. It also serves as indirect illumination for the courtyard at night.
▼塔形结构是整个房子的标志性特征，the tower structure can be regarded as the symbol of this house
▼从起居室望向高塔，view from the living room
▼磨砂玻璃使光线变得更加柔和，the frosted glass makes the light thrown into the room softer
▼露台夜景，night view of the terrace
The fence surrounding the courtyard not only blocks eyes from surroundings but unites with the building to make a semi-outdoor room that can be utilized as an inner terrace. The mortar counter and bench fabricated inside extend the exterior living space and serves as an element to enhance theming effect from the living room.
▼庭院的围墙带来半户外的内部空间，the fence surrounding the courtyard creates a semi-outdoor room
▼以灰泥涂抹的台面和长椅，the mortar counter and bench
On the second floor, each room is laid out with a dining room at the center. The space is segmented by difference in ceiling height. Natural light coming through the colored top light of the ceiling quietly brings an uplifting feeling. The dining room is provided with a large window surrounded by the walls and long eaves. The symbolic riser from the courtyard has been designed to serve as an eye-catching object in the scene. It also brings about visual continuity, and links the living scene in the lower floor with that in the upper floor.
▼从餐厅望向庭院的塔形结构，view to the tower structure from the dining room
▼从餐厅望向厨房，view to the kitchen
▼餐厅设有宽阔的落地窗和长长的屋檐，the dining room is provided with a large window surrounded by the walls and long eaves
Through connection with exterior space in diverse ways, the house produces pleasant scenes of living.
Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga, Japan
Construction Year: 2017
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada, Norihito Yamauchi