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kazuhiko kishimoto: sky catcher house
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oct 30, 2012
kazuhiko kishimoto: sky catcher house


‘sky catcher house’ by kazuhiko kishimoto / acca, atsugi, kanagawa, japan
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 

the ‘sky catcher house’ by japanese architect kazuhiko kishimoto of acca is immersed within atsugi, a typical residential suburb in
the kanagawa prefecture of japan. encompassed by a collection of one and two storey structures, the dwelling’s square footprint
and simple windowless elevations conceal any hint of the interior arrangement from onlookers. upon passing through the lattice door
at the main entry, inhabitants are welcomed with an open courtyard bordered by living spaces enclosed with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
the wooden planks which wrapped the exterior facade are continued on the ground plane. trees emerge from the floor through circular voids
to mark a path as well as create a garden setting.

 

the placement of rooms aims to achieve a long and linear circulation around the court. the bedrooms and living rooms are adjacent
to the veranda and are only accessible from the outdoors. traditionally, outdoor corridors are essential to maintain a connection
with all four seasons, offering dwellers a pleasant change from the static internal environment. staying true to the name of the home,
the height of the roof is kept to a minimum to maximize views to the sky from the interior.

 

 


aerial view
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


main entry
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


(left) lattice door open
(right) trees emerge form the wooden plank floor
images © hiroshi ueda

 

 


aerial view of courtyard
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


trees emerge from circular voids
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


(left) central courtyard and trees
(right) dining area
images © hiroshi ueda

 

 


view towards main entrance
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


lattice door closed
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lattice door open to reveal japanese-style room
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


approach to kitchen
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kitchen
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kitchen
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view from dining area
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


at dusk
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


aerial view of courtyard at night
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


section


section

 

 


elevation

 

 

project info:

location: atsugi, kanagawa
date of completion: april 2012
principal use: private house
structure: wood
site area: 198.5m2
total floor area: 105.4m2
photography: hiroshi ueda

 

 

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