okuno architects: house in kamogawa, japan okuno architects: house in kamogawa, japan
may 13, 2013

okuno architects: house in kamogawa, japan

‘house in kamogawa’ by okuno architectural planning, kamogawa city, japan
image © ushio kanta
all images courtesy of okuno architectural planning



on a sparse residential plot in the sea-bordered prefecture of chiba, japan, lies a slant-walled home by local architect masaaaki okuno.
the interior is organized by a trapezoidal atrium inscribed into a rhomboidal volume. the effect is a perpendicular tapering of space in
a hallway-like fashion. the wood-constructed home’s wide floor plan rises to a narrow band of ceiling that allows the breakup and diffusion
of light to all spaces in a uniform manner. the raised foundation slab makes for the open-air central void space to contain an offset, cutout
pathway and enjoy the growth of a tree. the home fundamentally looks inward, countering the sloped, dark-clad exterior walls with the
glazed inner clerestory and sliding glass doors that enclose the central open-air room. circulation is organized around this structure of
light and immaterially enclosed void while challenging the dramatically angled walls to become open spaces of reflection rather than
imposing enclosures.   




a view from the kitchen shows a sloped exterior wall meeting the glazed, immaterial inner wall of the atrium
image © ushio kanta



the organizing architectonic space is a veritable glazed room inscribed in the trapezoidal volume of the building
image © ushio kanta



the atrium allows generous amounts of light to enter the space while opening up the floor plan
image © ushio kanta



‘house in kamogawa’ by okuna architectural planning, kamogawa city, japan
image © ushio kanta



differently grained and inlaid wood both differentiates and blurs the domestic and open-air spaces
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partitions are offset from the clerestory
image © ushio kanta



the circulation and program are organized by a veritable glazed room
image © ushio kanta



a sloped roof line is followed by a clerestory
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night views show both the sky and the earth invited into the home
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interior perspective of the entirety of the domestic programs
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the home pointedly looks within and to the intangible power of the environment
image © ushio kanta




project info:


charge: okuno public chapter
structure:tai wears early structural design office wears
construction: ltd. yasui builder
program: single-family houses
location: kamogawa city, chiba prefecture
scale: wooden bungalow ken
site area: 780 square meters
construction area: 118 square meters
total floor area: 118 square meters
completion: 2012

  • Makes me immediately dizzy and nauseated, this house will greet you every morning by making you throw up? I dont get it.

    charles says:
  • And I dont get what kind of total moron you are, charles

    Love it says:
  • Very Nice.
    You better sell the boat Charles.

    Dan says:
  • Really Cool 🙂

    Bent-Erik Munch says:

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