The house is located in the subdivision accessible from a suburban arterial road. It has been planned in the strip- shape lot; with narrow width and large depth. In the vicinity are the houses built by house-building companies or local builders. We then aimed to build a house that possesses dignified presence with both designability and coziness in such a cluttered townscape.
The exterior is composed of volumes with carefully examined proportion, window layout and materials. The window with height and the overhang porch emphasize vertical and horizontal lines, making the facade not too much uniform.
▼入口被设置在门廊的两侧，the entrances are positioned on both sides of the porch
▼高悬的窗户和伸出的廊沿强调出纵向和横向的线条，the window with height and the overhang porch emphasize vertical and horizontal lines
▼一层和二层平面图，plan level 1 & level 2
The entrances are positioned on both sides of the porch to enhance convenience for access from the parking spaces that are laid out on either side. This moderately blocks eyes from the road, and secures privacy as well. The interior of the first floor is connected from the entrances through the wash room at the penetralia, along the deep and strip-shaped lot. The raised floor, staircase, and furniture are rhythmically laid out along the passage. They are used as flexible spaces for communication to enrich daily lives.
▼入口的休息空间，leisure area at the entry hall
▼首层空间从入口处沿着狭长的平面层层深入，the interior of the first floor is connected from the entrances through the wash room at the penetralia
▼通向二层的楼梯，stair leading to the second floor
▼俯瞰一层，overlook to the first floor
On the second floor is the space with a feel of openness, where eyes from outside are blocked on the one hand while those letting go from inside to outside on the other hand. Buildings come close in the periphery, but a ridge line of the near mountain can be viewed to the road in the north. Making the best of this environment, a living room with high ceiling has been laid out toward the road, and a large opening provided to cut out the surrounding landscape. The natural scenery and light that are taken inside the house make the internal appearance ever- changing, allowing eyes to go through and expand. In addition, the light that is reflected on the shiny wainscot makes the view in the front more beautiful.
▼挑高的客厅，living room with high ceiling
▼大尺寸的窗户和天窗引入风景和自然光，large opening and skylight bring views and natural light in
▼从餐厅望向楼梯，view to the stair from the dining room
▼从楼梯区域望向客厅，view to the living room from the stair
▼室内细部，interior detailed view
The building with impressive appearance generates cozy space inside. It is achieved by studying the potential and characteristics of the site, and adding to the building the sense that is unique to architects.
Architects : FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location : Shiga Japan
Client : Private
Construction Year : 2019
Site Area : 125,24 m²
Construction Area : 112,28 m²
Photographs : Norihito Yamauchi; Yoshihiro Asada