‘ykh house’ by issho architects in tokyo, japan
all images courtesy issho architects
japanese studio issho architects have designed a three-storey house for
a two-generation family in the suburbs of tokyo. resembling separate
volumes arranged and stacked on top of one another, the dwelling
distinguishes separate spaces for each family unit while still remaining
holistically connected through a common circulation spine.
the exterior is clad in alternating metal panels. some are set in hinges to swing out,
exposing the black-framed windows beneath. the roof space of the lower level volumes
serve as outdoor terraces that can be accessed from the second storey.
entrance and roof terraces
the first and second levels each feature a living/dining/kitchen area, a bedroom,
and washroom. centrally on display is a circular pillar which encases a revolving staircase.
running through all the levels, it singularly connects the house and family together,
performing like a ‘public street’ where dwellers can feel the life of others.
door to central stairway and third level wall shutters open
(left) second level kitchen / open
(right) second level kitchen / closed
(left) third level space
(right) central staircase
site plan and ground floor
(left) second level floor plan
(right) third level floor plan