naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita
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jun 16, 2012
naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita



‘house in suita’ by naoko horibe architect’s office, suita-shi, japan
image © kaori ichikawa
all images courtesy of naoko horibe architect’s office

 

 

 


overlooking a residential street in suita-shi, japan, the ‘house in suita’ by tokyo-based naoko horibe architect’s office borrows scenery from a nearby 50-year old cherry tree. two glass cubes open the corners of the dwelling, one offering a panoramic view towards the leafy canopy positioned to the north of the structure. smaller in size, the other takes into account a high retaining wall to the south of the sloping site by minimizing exposure to the home’s lowest level. the gradually graded lawn and curved concrete stairway form a comfortable approach to the front door.

 

prioritizing convenience, the functional areas including the entry, kitchen, dining room and studio are placed within the more enclosed ground floor. a stairway of wooden treads leads to the spacious living room on the first floor. protected with walls, an open-air courtyard may be accessed from the TV room and master bedroom. lined with a wood ledge, the north-facing corner glazing introduces warm sunlight through the continuous common area.

 

 


view of house from the 50-year old cherry tree
image © kaori ichikawa

 


site is bordered by a retaining wall to the south
image © kaori ichikawa

 


ground level dining area is designed for convenience
image © kaori ichikawa

 


view of kitchen from the dining area
image © kaori ichikawa

 


view of stairs and dining area from the first floor
image © kaori ichikawa

 


north-facing window
image © kaori ichikawa

 


view from the living room
image © kaori ichikawa

 


living room
image © kaori ichikawa

 


living room + balcony beyond
image © kaori ichikawa

 


TV area + balcony
image © kaori ichikawa

 


bedroom
image © kaori ichikawa

 


washroom + lavatory
image © kaori ichikawa

 


illuminated at night
image © kaori ichikawa

 


floor plan / level 0
1. entrance
2. dining & kitchen   
3. atelier
4. washroom & lavatory
5. bathroom
6. walk-in closet
7. shoe closet
8. lavatory
9. car parking space


floor plan / level 1
10. living room
11. child’s bedroom
12. library
13. master bedroom
14. balcony


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project info:

design to completion: march 2010-july 2010
location: suita-shi, osaka
primary usage: residence
structure: steel-frame construction, two stories above ground
family structure: couple with two children
site area: 199.31 m2
building area: 69.01 m2
total floor space: 112.74 m2
architect: naoko horibe
photographer: kaori ichikawa

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