tanaka akinari kenchiku design office: kokura tanaka house
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nov 22, 2012
tanaka akinari kenchiku design office: kokura tanaka house

‘kokura tanaka house’ by tanaka akinari kenchiku design office, kitakyushu, fukuoka, japan
all images courtesy of akinari tanaka kenchiku design office



skewed from the grid of kitakyushu in the fukuoka prefecture of japan, the ‘kokura tanaka house’ was discovered by our friends at JA+U and is designed
by tokyo-based practice tanaka akinari kenchiku design office. positioned upon a square plot bound by detached houses, the a single-storey structure
makes the most of its tight site by rotating the dwelling on an axis to form four triangular gardens around the periphery. the perimeter enclosure is a combination
of wood partitions to offer surfaces for storage and sliding glass doors which open to the outdoor courtyards with green areas and dry gardens.

the triangle motif is continued inside by criss-crossing the home with two load-bearing concrete block walls. spanning between the home’s four corners,
the living spaces are placed within resulting triangulated quadrants.  primary spaces include a living room, dining area + kitchen, bedroom and a bathroom
with storage. inhabitants may climb between a lofted floor and built-in ladder to reach a skylight and access the roof.



living room






kitchen, dining and living area



plywood conceals and reveals utilitarian components



staggered loft



climbing ladder to skylight



roof access from skylight



view from garden



at dusk



sliding doors open to terrace



acute corner of home



view from terrace



site plan



floor plan / level 0






light, wind, sight-line and circulation diagram



air conditioning diagram



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