form / kouichi kimura architects: house of silence
jan 29, 2013
form / kouichi kimura architects: house of silence

‘house of silence’ by kouichi kimura architects, shiga, japan
image © takumi ota
all images courtesy of kouichi kimura architects



located in a semi-dense neighborhood in shiga, japan, the ‘house of silence’ by japanese firm kouichi kimura architects consists of a highly
geometric composition of solid and void with exposed rough concrete and reflective tiles that create a sculptural livable object. spaces are experienced
as a sequence of cloisters marked by their unique ceiling heights and various treatments of light so that every room is a different environment.
there are almost no windows to further control exterior daylight for the preferred ambiance and maintains plenty of privacy from the exterior.
the dark surfaces of the interior may seem to give a somber appearance, but their finishes actually reflect light and views from different directions,
illuminating the interior with a variety of direct and indirect sources. the rooms overlap in many ways, where the roof plan of one is the exterior
balcony of another. courtyards create pockets of private outdoor space with an almost sacred tranquility, improve ventilation and assure natural
light even deep within the concrete structure.



front elevation
image © kei nakajima



image © takumi ota



resembling a belfry
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entry courtyard
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image © takumi ota



formal entrance
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entry corridor
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guest room (in brick volume)
image © takumi ota



work area with view to terrace
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image © takumi ota



kitchen area
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image © takumi ota



living room
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counter by living room
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image © takumi ota



(left) ladder to upstairs loft area in kid’s room
(right) upstairs corridor with a skylight that resembles a waterfall effect
image © takumi ota



kid’s bedroom with loft space
image © kei nakajima



corner site location
image © takumi ota



exterior of terrace
image © takumi ota




floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1









project info:



architects: form / kouichi kimura architects
location: shiga,japan
client: private
construction year: 2012
site area: 394.42 m2
constructed area: 321.23 m2

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