tato architects: house in yamasaki
nov 15, 2012
tato architects: house in yamasaki

‘house in yamasaki’ by tato architects, hyogo, japan
image © ken’ichi suzuki
all images courtesy of tato architects



designed for a single family with two children in the northern area of hyogo, japan, local firm tato architects have sent us images of a house they have completed
that plays with micro-urbanization on a grey plinth. the entire footprint was sunken into the ground 760 millimeters, lowering the roof line and opening views
to the surrounding mountains and landscape, but also creating a stable semi-subterranean level that uses the earth’s mass for natural insulation.
the grey wooden platform houses the main living spaces, kitchen and bedrooms in a wooden frame structure that uses the same material for interior
partitions and floor surface. large voids in the ceiling plane connect this open-plan area with three smaller versions of the archetypal house with
spatially efficient ladders. two of the mini-dwellings resting on the base platform are similarly constructed of slender timber frames and clad in
translucent corrugated polycarbonate panels. these volumes contain the bathroom and sun room in spaces that do not transmit direct sunlight but
rather enjoy diffused illumination during the day and glow at night, in addition to acting as light wells and greenhouses for the space below.
the third construct is a solid structure and contains a guest room. the canopy then becomes a common courtyard shared amongst each individual
protrusion from the primary foundation, with extruded aluminum handrails and storage boxes and benches. the exterior is covered in long cement
board panels and efficient insulation and vapor barrier.



smaller archetypal houses sitting on an inhabitable wooden base
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transparencies glow at dusk
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windows can be used as doorways as the roof also becomes a terrace
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rooftop terrace with integrated aluminum seating
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interstitial spaces between mini-houses
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openings in the floor plane allow the user to step inside
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corrugated plastic panels create a shaded light box
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ladders communicate the main living space to the upper houses
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(left) office
(right) dining room
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lower office space
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interior wooden partitions
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main living space
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construction of light-house



interior of house



assembly of corrugated translucent panels



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1















project info:



project name: house in yamasaki
location of site: hyogo japan
site area: 231.72m2
building area: 93.68m2
total floor area: 119.11m2
type of construction: wooden
program: house
project by: tato architects
principal designer: yo shimada
design period : oct.2010 -aug. 2011
construction period: oct.2011 -feb.2012

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