FORM / kouichi kimura architects has built the slender house on a narrow lot in shiga, japan, combining different concrete and metal volumes of carefully examined proportions. emphasizing the structure’s vertical and horizontal lines, as well as the varied dimensions of its façade, the residence’s exterior is characterized by a tall window and a contemporary overhang porch on its front elevation.
images by yoshihiro asada + norihito yamauchi
aiming to build a house that is impressive and distinguishable among the cluttered townscape of shiga, japan, but also cozy for its occupants, FORM / kouichi kimura architects has studied the potential and characteristics of the given site and used them to their utmost potential. a concrete porch at the front of the narrow, deep lot incorporates entrances on both sides in order to allow convenient access from the parking spaces that are laid out on each side, moderately blocking direct views from the road while providing enough privacy.
the two entrances lead through the deep, strip-shaped lot via the wash room at the penetralia, while further in, the raised floor, staircase, and furniture are rhythmically laid out along the passage, used as flexible spaces for communication to enrich daily lives. on the upper level, the space has a feel of openness, where views from the outside are blocked on the one hand, while those from the inside towards out are let go on the other. making the best of this environment, a living room with high ceiling has been laid out toward the road, and a large opening connects the interior to the surrounding landscape. the natural scenery and light that are taken inside the house make the interior appearance everchanging, allowing views to go through and expand.
architect: FORM/ kouichi kimura architects
location: shiga, japan
site area: 125,24 m2
constructed area: 112,28 m2
sofia lekka angelopoulou I designboom
jul 12, 2019