alphaville: house folded
alphaville: house folded alphaville: house folded
oct 19, 2011
alphaville: house folded

‘house folded’ by alphaville in osaka, japan
all images courtesy alphaville
image © kai nakamura




kyoto-based architecture practice alphaville (kentaro takeguchi, asako yamamoto) has sent us images of ‘house folded’, a three-storey residence for a couple in osaka, japan. exploring methods of creating distinct and individual rooms that break away from a monotonous spatial experience, the design pleats the dividing walls to form optimal and dynamic volumes of space.

exterior view
image © kai nakamura




standing on a slim site measuring 80 m2, the concrete structure translates its angular character to its facade, featuring asymmetrical slices in its facade. both the east and west facade is defined by a triangular slit that introduces light into the interior while providing an outdoor-space-like effect through  a system of floor-to-ceiling glazing. a sheltered parking space for a single car is also created by excising an irregular opening from the street.

(left) street view / image © kai nakamura
(right) garage / image © kentaro takeguchi




the delineation of space utilizes the decomposition techniques of a voronoi diagram, equally dividing the shortest distance between points to create optimal spatial segments. the process, which required the full use of a 3D model, started from a parallelogram with a center wall that runs diagonally to define two spaces. this partition was then pivoted to run parallel to the site as it continued to the third level. the roof was pulled up to form a slant and a private outdoor terrace. structurally rational and dynamic, the result is a collection of flowing living spaces that seemingly shift and change from every vantage point.

view of garage and entrance
image © kai nakamura

view of stairs from garage level
(left) image © kai nakamura
(right) image © kentaro takeguchi

view of living room on second level
image © kai nakamura

stiars leading up to third level
image © kai nakamura

view from living room
image © kentaro takeguchi

(left) hallway
image © kentaro takeguchi
(right) access to terrace from bedroom

image © kai nakamura

roof top terrace
image © kai nakamura

within context
image © kai nakamura

night view
image © kai nakamura

folded scheme

site map

floor plan / level +1.0 m

floor plan / level +4.7 m

floor plan / level +6.3m

cross-sectional perspective

longitudinal section

light distribution diagram



project info:


site area: 79.93 m2
total floor area: 102.03 m2
storeys: 3
structure: reinforced concrete
structural enginner: eisuke mitsuda / mitsuda structural consultants

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