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okuno architects: house in kamogawa, japan
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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
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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
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‘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
image © ushio kanta

 

 

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

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