matsuyama architect and associates: house in aira, japan
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may 22, 2013
matsuyama architect and associates: house in aira, japan

matsuyama architect and associates: house in aira

all images courtesy of matsuyama architect and associates 




in the manicured greenery of a recently consolidated municipality in the kagoshima prefecture, matsuyama and associate‘s ‘house in aire’

employs rounded volumes to move light around the quiet spaces. while exteriors are crisply orthogonal and clad in panels of dark wood dotted

with the white knots and burls of the grain, the interiors are almost retrograde with their unfailingly filleted vertices. the effect is the spill of

light that enters the hallways, despite their narrowness, as well as a maze-like space that the client’s children can safely play in. buffered

concrete floors complete the monochrome palette while ceilings and aperture-ridden walls display a skin of directionally-grained wooden

square panels.  



 a hard-edged exterior is articulated with dark wood dotted with the natural pattern of white knots 



 orthogonal exteriors belie the interior volumes 



even minor spaces keep the consistently rounded vertices 



rounded corners allow narrow spaces to  enjoy extra sunlight  



 at the nexus of crossed hallways, the filleted walls are met with shelving 






 living room view demonstrates the volumes  retro effect in the minimal space 



 where possible, generous apertures fill the rooms with natural light 






 the softened edges provide a more democratic distribution of light and a safe place for kids to play 


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