SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki
SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki
mar 27, 2013
SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki

‘house in keyaki’ by SNARK + OUVI, saitama, japan
image © ippei shinzawa
all images courtesy of SNARK




the small town of honiyo-shi is about an hour and a half by car from downtown tokyo, a place that resembles many north american cities in that all of its citizens rely on private automobiles due to the lack of public transit. set back within the narrow corner site, the ‘house in keyaki’ by japanese studios SNARK and OUVI contains a parallel outdoor parking spot surrounded by a small garden that occupies the remaining plot.  three vertical strip windows located on the east, west, and south facades guarantee natural illumination throughout the interior at all times of day. triangular voids on the second storey floor plan, located right beneath the glazing, allows sunlight to penetrate into the ground level giving the residents a constant sense of the time of day through the changing qualities of light. the gaps in the floor also create a stronger visual connection between both stories creating a unified inner space, with a rooftop deck for a more private exterior setting.

southern elevation
image © ippei shinzawa

solid northern elevation facing the neighbor’s property
image © ippei shinzawa




full article here



project info:


team: architects: sunao koase / snark (team: sunao koase, yu yamada) + shin yokoo / ouvi
structural engineer: shin yokoo / ouvi
general constructors: yasumatsu takken]
photo: ippei shinzawa

location: honjyo city, saitama, japan
site area: 132.24 square metres
built area: 55.54 square metres
floor area: 103.13 square metres
number of floors: 2
structure: wood

design: 2011.4-2012.3
construction: 2012.3-2012.7

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