makiko tsukada angles grass cave house between suburban homes
makiko tsukada angles grass cave house between suburban homes makiko tsukada angles grass cave house between suburban homes
may 16, 2014
makiko tsukada angles grass cave house between suburban homes


makiko tsukada angles grass cave house between suburban homes
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

 

 

 

positioned between two conventional suburban homes, makiko tsukada architects has completed a residential property that integrates accessible areas of greenery in order to utilize the site’s individual characteristics. envisioned as an ‘urban cave’, the design serves as a retreat, allowing its occupants to establish new relationships with both the natural and urban environment.

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the structure’s perimeter is determined by the awkwardly shaped plot
photos by shinkenchiku-sha

 

 

 

entitled ‘grass cave house’, the structure’s perimeter is determined by the awkwardly shaped plot, with two green roofs topping the building. the first lawn, situated above the garage, slopes down towards the living room, directing sightlines towards an adjacent park. the second larger green roof is angled towards the street, providing a stark visual contrast with neighboring homes. from an environmental perspective, both lawns absorb solar radiation during the summer months, while throughout the colder seasons they provide important insulation.

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green roofs allow the home’s inhabitants to form a close relationship with nature
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

 

 

 

internally, a large cavernous volume is clad with dark timber, becoming more private towards the rear of the property. a central core not only provides access to the roof, but carefully redirects natural light to the bathroom at ground floor level.

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internal circulation routes connect the compact scheme
photos by shinkenchiku-sha

makiko tsukada architects grass cave house designboom
the large cavernous volume is clad with dark timber
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

makiko tsukada architects grass cave house designboom
the dwelling becomes more private towards the rear of the property
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

makiko tsukada architects grass cave house designboom
a central core carefully redirects natural light to the bathroom at ground floor level
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

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a secluded private space at ground floor level
photo by shinkenchiku-sha

 

drawings

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floor plan / level 0

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floor plan / level +1

 

 

project info:

 

location: yokohama-shi, kanagawa, japan
date of completion: november, 2013

structure: wood
type: residential
site area: 97.18 sqm
total floor area: 97.31 sqm (49.92sqm /1f, 47.39sqm /2f)
structural engineer: taizen nieda and mitsuyoshi yoshida
architecture: makiko tsukada / makiko tsukada architects
photography: shinkenchiku-sha

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