MDS: pojagi house
MDS: pojagi house MDS: pojagi house
jun 15, 2012
MDS: pojagi house


‘pojagi house’ by MDS, yokohama-city, japan
image © toshiyuki yano
all images courtesy of MDS

in a residential district of yokohama-city, japan, the
‘pojagi house’ by tokyo-based architects kiyotoshi mori and natsuko kawamura of MDS.
the interior of traditional japanese homes feature a space with floors surfaced with straw tatami mats, referred to as the tsuzukima,
or ‘continuous gap’. sliding screens within the wide open area may be drawn to subdivide into smaller rooms. this concept has been reinterpreted
and expanded within this dwelling, incorporating a korean pojagi patchwork cloth designed by the owner. moveable panels of fabric
are hung between a loose spatial arrangement of partitions comprised of a colonnade of wooden pillars. the square columns measure 150 mm,
stacked against each other to form wing walls.

the exterior features a modular composition of cladding and windows, paralleling the interior theme. surfaced with cedar boards
which have been blackened with a heat-treatment process to protect from insects. dwellers enter from the street through a concrete base,
doubling as the foundation to navigate the sloping road. individuals ascend to the first floor through an open-riser stairway formed
with cantilevered concrete blocks. a galley kitchen and living room encompass the dining area, placed at the center of the floor plan.
a high ceiling above the table and chairs reveal a lofted level through a ring of vision panels. heating within the wooden components efficiently
circulate warm air through the entire structure.


view from the street
image © toshiyuki yano


living spaces of the house rest upon a concrete plinth
image © toshiyuki yano


main elevation
image © toshiyuki yano


ground level entry
image © toshiyuki yano


first floor kitchen, living + dining room

image © toshiyuki yano


vision panels at the perimeter of the dining room allow views from the second level bedrooms
image © toshiyuki yano


dining room with kitchen beyond
image © toshiyuki yano


kitchen concealed with pojagi panel
image © toshiyuki yano


(left) galley kitchen
(right) detail of wooden wing wall
images © toshiyuki yano


dining room
image © toshiyuki yano


loft
image © toshiyuki yano


(left) concrete stair leading to first floor
(right) open riser stair to second floor
images © toshiyuki yano


upper level corridor
image © toshiyuki yano


upper level bedroom
image © toshiyuki yano


upper level bedroom areas
image © toshiyuki yano


(left) chalk wall corridor
(right) bathroom
images © toshiyuki yano


interior at night
image © toshiyuki yano


possible room layouts for the first + second floor


section

project info:

architecture: kiyotoshi mori & natsuko kawamura / MDS
photography:
toshiyuki yano
location:
yokohama-city,kanagawa
date of completion: 2010
principal use: residence & atelier
structure: wood + rc
site area: 102.68m2
total floor area: 117.18 m2 (35.03 m2/1f, 44.64 m2/2f, 37.51 m2/b1f)
structural engineer: kenji nawa / nawakenj-m
exterior finish: charcoal cedar siding
roof: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
floor: oak flooring
wall: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board
ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

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