kochi architect's studio: 47% house
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aug 07, 2011
kochi architect's studio: 47% house


’47% house’  by kochi architect’s studio in kamakura, kanagawa, japan
all images courtesy kochi architect’s studio
image © daichi ano

’47% house’ by tokyo-based practice kochi architect’s studio (kazuyasu kochi) is a two-storey
private dwelling in kamakura, japan. providing a number of generously-sized outdoor programs,
the interior floor area equals 47% of the total building footprint to result in a holistic layout that
incorporates exterior spaces into its design.


street view
image © daichi ano

starting from a simple box form, the necessary programs were arranged then carved out to
incorporate a small garden, outdoor terrace, and an elevated entrance hall that opens up
to the outdoors. an outdoor staircase provides access to the house, which accommodates its
communal space – living, dining, kitchen – on the second level. the roof was pulled up to
an asymmetrically-pitched form, lending the house a playful exterior profile.


view of elevated entrance
image © daichi ano

from the outside, the house is read to consist of a dark shell that partially wraps around
a white volume. the structure extends out to provide shade to the entrance hall and generous
outdoor terrace. as a result, the line between the interior and exterior is blurred. floor-to-ceiling
glazing which lines both sides of the second storey adds to this effect, engaging the living space
in direct dialogue with the site.


entrance staircase and outdoor terrace
image © daichi ano


interior view of ground floor entrance
image © daichi ano


image © daichi ano


living and dining
image © daichi ano


floor to ceiling windows
image © daichi ano


night view
image © daichi ano


site and floor plan / level +1


floor plan / level 0


roof plan


section

project info:

principal program: residence
structure: wood
storeys: two
site area: 172.1 m2
total floor area: 97.7 m2

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