alphaville: W window house
alphaville: W window house alphaville: W window house
sep 17, 2012
alphaville: W window house


‘W-window house’ by alphaville, kyoto, japan
image © kei sugino
all images courtesy of alphaville

 

 

 

within the high density urban fabric of kyoto, japan, the ‘W-window house’ by kyoto-based practice alphaville maintains a neutral exterior to onlookers but frames ideal outward-looking perspectives for inhabitants. the long and narrow building is carved with two angled notches on the eastern and western facades lined with windows, directing attention towards triangular patios, neighboring gardens and the sky over adjacent rooftops.

 

inside, floor plates alternate across the footprint and are interconnected with a folding steel plate stairway. dual-toned with white and black, the profile of the risers and treads outline the openings to the rooms when viewed from a different level. spanning seven meters tall, the continuous internal volume produces a chimney effect to ventilate the home in summer and circulate heat during winter.


images © kei sugino


images © kei sugino


images © kei sugino


images © kei sugino


images © kei sugino


images © kei sugino


image © kei sugino


site plan


floor plan / levels 0-3
1. dining room
2. storage
3. bathroom
4. living room
5. bedroom


section
1. dining room
2. storage
3. bathroom
4. living room
5. bedroom


axonometric

 

 

project info:

 

use: residence
site: kyoto, japan
site area: 47.6m2
building area: 28.13m2
total floor area: 72.42m2
building scale: 3 stories
structure system: steel
structural engineer: kazuo takeguchi (AOI structural engineering office co.ltd)
photo credit: kei sugino

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