daijiro takakusa: house dT
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feb 13, 2012
daijiro takakusa: house dT

‘house-dT’ by daijiro takakusa architects & associates in osaka, japan
all images courtesy daijiro takakusa architects & associates

japanese office daijiro takakusa architects & associates has sent us images of ‘house-dT’, a two-storey house
in a new residential area of osaka, japan. situated on a corner site that overlooks the nearby osaka bay,
the design features a multi-storey window that serves as an open interface between the interior and exterior,
putting on display a large painted tree in the atrium-like void space.

exterior view of window

responding to the clients’ desire for a large outdoor yard, the rectangular structure sits diagonally through
the plot, generating two triangular areas that serve as a parking lot on one side and a terrace to the other.
the black volume rests on a concrete base that slightly raises itself off the road, creating a strong presence
within the neighbourhood. the expansive window renders the facade a ‘doll house’ aesthetic, exposing
the floors and circulation space within.

street view


conceived for an artistic couple – a husband who enjoys drumming and a wife who is a painter – the project
required additional programs that specifically catered to their needs: a music studio and an atelier that could
host a drawing class in the future. the layout of the interior arranges the void space between the domestic zone
and the studio/atelier, providing a spatial buffer that also serves as a sound barrier. treating the exposed
interior wall as a blank canvas, a large tree – which is drawn from the client’s name, ‘daiki’ meaning
big tree – has been painted on its surface, lending a distinct identity to the facade.

interior view

dining and kitchen

(left) stairs
(right) second level

painted tree by staircase

towards atelier

detail of wall painting

night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section

north elevation

south elevation

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