naoko horibe integrates opposing concepts in arboleda house naoko horibe integrates opposing concepts in arboleda house
nov 07, 2013

naoko horibe integrates opposing concepts in arboleda house

naoko horibe integrates opposing concepts in arboleda house
photo by kaori ichikawa
all images courtesy of naoko horibe

 

 

 

‘arboleda house’ in tokushima, japan has been designed to seamlessly integrate the opposing concepts applied to the exterior and interior of the scheme. it was the client’s wish that the external structure incorporated dynamic and passionate forms associated with italian automotive design, while internally the residence was to be crafted more placidly using timber and other natural materials. this is referenced in the name of the house, with the word ‘arboleda’ meaning ‘grove’ or ‘orchard’ in italian. developed by naoko horibe, the home provides accommodation for a couple and their young child.

 

 


the house provides accommodation for a couple and their young child
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 

 

a central living space forms the focal point of the dwelling with smaller rooms linked directly to it, eliminating the need for hallways, and allowing for a more connected environment. upstairs, a secluded loft area has been devised which functions as the husband’s private sanctuary.

 

 


the design integrates the opposing concepts applied to the exterior and interior of the scheme
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 


the external structure incorporates dynamic and passionate forms associated with italian automotive design
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 


internally the residence is crafted more placidly using timber and other natural materials
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 


kitchen and living space, from which all rooms are connected
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 


the design of the house eliminates the need for corridors
photos by kaori ichikawa

 

 


‘arboleda house’ at night
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 


the house viewed from the passing street
photo by kaori ichikawa

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

architect: naoko horibe
completed: september 2013
location: anan-shi, tokushima
type: residence
structure: timber construction, single story above ground
site area: 292.97 sqm (3,153 sqf)
building area: 104.34 sqm (1,123 sqf)
total floor space: 74.72 sqm (804.2 sqf)
photography: kaori ichikawa

 

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