no.555: a house wrapping three voids
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feb 08, 2012
no.555: a house wrapping three voids


‘a house wrapping three voids’ by no.555 in fukushima, japan
all images courtesy no.555
image © torimura koichi

‘a house wrapping three voids’ by kanagawa-based architecture practice no.555 (tsuchida takuya) is
a multi-level private dwelling in a residential neighbourhood of fukushima, japan. situated on a plot
that steps down towards the north, the design partially inserts itself into the ground to maintain the site’s
open view of the sky.


elevation
image © torimura koichi

read as a single-storey volume from the street, the design exhibits a simple and solid exterior with
a dark metallic cladding. horizontally-running strips of transparency dynamically break up the monotonous
surface while also offering fleeting views of the courtyard within. by seamlessly wrapping the exterior
around the outdoor space, a high level of privacy is secured for the inhabitants.


interior view
image © torimura koichi

to maintain natural lighting for the interior, three voids of different heights were inserted into the layout of
the house. the basement level, which accommodates the bedroom, gains sunlight as well as a small
outdoor space with privacy from the street. the communal area is organized around the glass-encased
courtyards, creating separation without the aid of partition walls. the integration of voids within
the dwelling seeks to create a calm and well-lit interior atmosphere.


towards living space
image © torimura koichi


dining and kitchen
image © torimura koichi


bathroom and courtyard by stairs
image © torimura koichi


general interior view

image © torimura koichi


courtyard
image © torimura koichi


extending from bedroom
image © torimura koichi


interior view of bedroom
image © torimura koichi


communal space at night
image © torimura koichi


image © torimura koichi


image © torimura koichi


night view from courtyard
image © torimura koichi


schematic diagram


inserted volumes

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