The house is situated in the suburb of Tsukuba city inJapan. Differing from the typical ambient of Tokyo, Tsukuba city is an important research hub consisting approximately 300 institutions. The construction of the railway system, around 9 years ago, accelerates the development of the area, leading to the more diverse and prospect Tsukuba city today. The site of the house is in the new residential area where the surroundings resemble the archetypal grain of Japanese housing, dominated by two-story residents and paddy fields. The client of the project, thus, requested a unique form distinct from the background.
Slightly slanted walls of the house break the
norms in the neighborhood, while creating an exceptional interior experience. By introducing selected concepts of the classic European Architecture aesthetics, the spatial quality of the house distinguishes itself more from the surroundings with its unique atmosphere. A long pebbled entrance, inspired by traditional roman road, connects the house to the street. The path also isolates the guests from their default understanding of a house, preparing them for the bewilderment that lies ahead. The composition of the three main interior volumes and the surrounded central void resembles that of a Roman piazza. Carefully positioned apertures, like miniature windows, establish connections between the volume and the central void, enhancing the delicate interaction between occupants and the space. Walking across the central void felt more like wandering around a city. The sense of greater scale from a physically limited interior space is truly astounding. Yet, behind layers ofsliding doors within in a volume, the concealed ‘Washitsu’(和室), a traditional Japanese style room, is revealed and brought the living tradition back to the deep-rooted Japanese culture.
The house is an all-wood construction, while galvanized steel plate and white plaster coating made up its façade. The materiality of the interior spaces focuses on providing tactile interaction and serenity, employing semi-transparent wood-stain and white plaster as finishing on the wood works.