ikimono architects: airy house
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jun 13, 2011
ikimono architects: airy house


‘airy house’ by ikimono architects, gunma, japan
images courtesy of ikimono architects

japanese practice ikimono architects has created ‘airy house’, a multi-purpose building located in gunma, japan.
part-cafe, part-residence, the structure features a distinct architectural language that looks to seemingly merge the
internal volume with the exterior environment.

two modest and industrial forms compose the overall structure, their rectilinear bodies placed perpendicular to eachother.
treated independently of one another, the units each contain a specific, contrasting program – one private, one public –
and unique arrangement of space and materiality.


exterior

the cafe, a vast visually uninterrupted space is free of imposing objects, materials and sub-structures, its focus lying
instead on the relationship with the outdoors. two large doors flank either side of the inhabitable unit which appears to
linger between indoors and out, merging the perimeters of each environment. vegetation and gravel migrate inwards,
further integrating the two areas, the palm tree emphasizing the sheer ampleness of space.   


entrance to cafe

binary functions consume the base of the second unit, a more narrow and linear form. separated into storage, preparation space

and public washrooms, the corridor slowly retracts from public to private, its program gradually preparing for the transition

into the residence which lies above.


cafe


overall cafe


(left) detail
(right) stairs to private residence

upstairs, the open space dramatically differs from the one downstairs, its scale and finishes more intimate and refined.

void of internal walls, the dwelling uses material and texture to define the constraints of each area, which seamlessly flow

from one to the next. a large skylight over the bathroom introduces light into the cavernous, tunnel-like volume which

organizes a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom into the single unit.


private dwelling


contrasting materials act as walls in the space that is free of divisions


view of overall living space


exterior at night


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


elevation


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