naoko horibe architect’s office: adzuki naoko horibe architect’s office: adzuki
jul 18, 2011

naoko horibe architect’s office: adzuki

‘adzuki’ by naoko horibe architect’s office in himeji-shi, hyogo, japan
all images courtesy of naoko horibe architect’s office

 

 

 

japanese practice naoko horibe architect’s office has sent us images of ‘adzuki’, a small three-storey
private residence for a single family in himeji-shi, hyogo, japan. situated on a plot measuring a little over
80 m2, the exceptionally compact design seeks to establish an open sense of space by carefully
arranging rooms around an interior courtyard.

 

 


exterior view

 

situated on a corner of an intersection, the house is bound on three sides by roads. a space for outdoor
parking is created by stepping back the structure from the east side of the plot line. wrapped in a skin
of galvanized steel panels finished in a dark burgundy shade, he simple volume exhibits a closed face
to the street, save for a series of large, elevated windows that give glimpses of the courtyard within.
this space features a contrasting white finish which lends the design an added sense of depth.

 


elevations

 


entrance

 

placed mid-depth into the layout is a slim courtyard that extends the height of the three-storey house.
upon entry, it is the main focal point of the space with sliding glass doors drawing natural daylight
into the interior. the major communal programs such as the kitchen, dining and living rooms are placed
on the second level and are arranged to directly look into the courtyard. the staircase is utilized as
a spatial tool to define the different programs without the aid of full wall partitions. the floor slabs
are also offset to create diversity in ceiling heights, extending the sense of space vertically for
common rooms.

 


(left) entryway
(right) courtyard

 


view of courtyard from the inside

 


view from living room

 


(left) outdoor balcony
(right) view of courtyard under stairs

 


kitchen

 


views of living space

 


view of courtyard and the street from dining space

 


courtyard at night

 


from entry

 


night view


floor plan / level 0
(1) entrance
(2) master bedroom
(3) washroom
(4) bathroom
(5) lavatory
(6) terrace
(7) courtyard
(8) car parking space
(9) bicycle parking space


floor plan / level +1
(10) dining & kitchen
(11) living room
(12) balcony


floor plan / level +2
(13) free space

 

project info:

 

principal use: residence
structure: wooden construction
storeys: three above grade
site area: 83.60 m2
building area: 30.04 m2
total floor space: 73.55 m2

  • a very rich set of very livable spaces packaged up into such a tiny container

    but… look at all the wall acne in the 13th frame down – ick!

    dbkii says:
  • The design does a great job of framing views and hiding the misery of the landscape. Good work

    James says:
  • It was perfectly planned. Love the inner of the house so simple and very elegant.

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    Arab Construct says:

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