EANA: house in shimoda
EANA: house in shimoda EANA: house in shimoda
jan 23, 2013
EANA: house in shimoda

‘house in shimoda-chou’ by EANA, kanagawa prefecture, japan
image © koichi torimura
all images courtesy of EANA



situated in the dense urban context just south of yokohama, the ‘house in shimoda-chou’ is a true matrioshka assembly of structures, a house within
a dwelling within a home. yokohama-based practice EANA creates a residence defined by three distinct containers where the living space is not only
encapsulated within the layers but also marked by the interstitial spaces. the ground floor contains the entrance courtyard and a small white volume
that contains the official front door. a larger natural wood-clad skin divides the public entry space from three bedrooms and service functions,
creating a space for vertical circulation in the peripheral voids. a staircase around the core mass leads to a small loft space with a skylight that
communicates to other zones of the construct. continuing upwards brings the user to the wooden loft space that contains the main social living area.
setback within the walls of the exterior shell wrapped in metal siding, the wooden loft acts almost as a balcony looking over the ground plane.
the outer timber-frame membrane is wrapped in metal siding and dotted with various windows that assure a day-lit interior.



entry walkway
image © koichi torimura



entrance exposing the three layers of structures
image © koichi torimura



entrance vestibule with concrete pavers lead to the first bedroom
image © koichi torimura



(left) stairs in the peripheral spaces
(right) a skylight brings light through the internal structures
image © koichi torimura



bedroom and entrance area
image © koichi torimura



peripheral corridors
image © koichi torimura



stairs from the core volume to the loft
image © koichi torimura



view from the ground floor
image © koichi torimura



top loft
image © koichi torimura



a glass walkway runs around the perimeter of the loft, allowing light and views to the lower areas
image © koichi torimura



image © koichi torimura



light filled area
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image © koichi torimura



image © koichi torimura




floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2









project info:


location: yokohama city, kanagawa,japan

principal use: family house

client: non disclosure

construction: eiko kensetsu

main structure: timber construction

site area: 175.10 m2

building area: 77.80 m2

total floor area: 142.60m2
completion: january. 2012

design period: february. 2011 – July. 2011

construction period: august. 2011-january. 2012

project team: EANA | kohei iwasaki,tota abe

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