masahiko sato of architect show elevates Y2 house masahiko sato of architect show elevates Y2 house
sep 09, 2012

masahiko sato of architect show elevates Y2 house

masahiko sato of architect show elevates Y2 house
image © toshihisa ishii
all images courtesy of masahiko sato

 

 

 

situated along route 204 in sasebo-city, japan is ‘Y2 house’ designed by masahiko sato / architect show. conceived for a grandmother and her grandchild, the site sees the placement of two homes that have been designed in such a way that the volumes appear as a singular structure.


approach from the street
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the grandmother’s house consists of one-storey, while her grandchild occupies a building of two-storeys that is situated on the east side of the property. this positioning allows the latter to be naturally ventilated and filled with sunlight that comes from the southeast, via long slender window slits that run vertically and horizontally along the façades. 


wooden louvers as screening elements from direct light and views
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from the road, the two homes are emphasized by a horizontal connection via louvers and a retaining wall and are separated by an elevation of 2.3 meters.


front view defined by louvers and a retaining wall
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atrium space filled with light
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ground floor view of the lofted space
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slender rectangular windows run horizontally and vertically along the façades
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tatami floors line a small alcove in the living space
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dining and kitchen area
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view into the living room from the dining/kitchen area
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stairway
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the interior at dusk
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the windows add an element of abstraction
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the elevated volume by night
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front view
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‘Y2 house’ in its neighbourhood context
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floor plan
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floor plan
image © toshihisa ishii

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