MDS: yatsugatake villa
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mar 25, 2013
MDS: yatsugatake villa



MDS: yatsugatake villa
photo © toshiyuki yano
all images courtesy of MDS

 

 

 

japan’s long north-south axis gives it a richness in geographical features and climates. the ‘yatsugatake villa’ by local practice MDS is situated more or less right in the middle, where it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, without residing in either extreme. the elderly couple that call it home have left the hectic city life to retire in the mountains and farm the various vegetables all year round. the wooden structure needs to adapt to each season without the use of air conditioning or artificial heaters, with the ability to completely open itself to the elements in the warm months and close off – while still allowing the presence of sunlight – in the winter. three adjacent shells of different heights developed as a result, with deep overhangs that control direct solar gain when not desired. the fan-like arrangement of the volumes exposes a greater surface area to the south to absorb the low winter light. full-length retractable tinted glass walls are visually insulated with another layer of rice paper panels that diffuse the intense sun. with the majority of the windows on the southern and northern elevation, opening both ends invites a cool breeze through the entire structure.


(left) carport
(right) entry patio
image © toshiyuki yano


rice paper wall
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bedroom
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image © toshiyuki yano


open walls to the outside
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entry area
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tatami room
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work desk
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central space
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dining area
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kitchen
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delicate wood textures
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bedroom
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closed rice paper walls
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bathroom
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floor plan / level 0 


floor plan / level 1


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project info:

 

architecture : kiyotoshi mori & natsuko kawamura / mds
photography : toshiyuki yano
location : hokuto-city,yamanashi
date of completion : 2012
principal use : residence 
structure : wood 
site area : 691.00m2
total floor area : 110.01 m2 (71.65 m2/1f, 38.36 m2/2f)
exterior finish : plasterer
roof : galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
floor : oak flooring
wall : plasterer
ceiling : acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

 

 

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