tato architects/yo shimada: house in izumi_ohmiya
tato architects/yo shimada: house in izumi_ohmiya tato architects/yo shimada: house in izumi_ohmiya
feb 23, 2012
tato architects/yo shimada: house in izumi_ohmiya

‘house in izumi_ohmiya’ by tato architects/yo shimada, osaka, japan
image © satoshi shigeta

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ato architects/yo shimada

japanese architect yo shimada of tato architects has recently completed ‘house in izumi_ohmiya’, a residence and atelier which
has been converted from an existing warehouse in osaka, japan. the dwellers are a young couple with an interest in bouldering,
an activity of free climbing up to heights of 2 to 4 meters without lifelines. the once hollow interior has been filled with inclined walls
and covered with instruments to practice the hobby inside their home. the outer appearance of the structure has been altered
with corrugated galvalume steel plates, placing insulation between the original exterior walls and new facade to protect from
heat and water.

floor heating has been laid over the concrete floors to maximize the interior’s air conditioning within the spacious internal volume,
absorbing sunlight through the large south-facing windows which is then stored and slowly released during the day. the old shutters
used to close off the building from the surrounding context have been removed and instead replaced with an enclosed outdoor courtyard.
a fence made with translucent corrugated plates, screening views of the street from the ground level living and dining areas.

entry facade to residence
image © satoshi shigeta

kitchen, living + dining area
image © satoshi shigeta

ladder leads to upper level bedroom
image © satoshi shigeta

aerial view of living + dining area
image © satoshi shigeta

ground floor bedroom
image © satoshi shigeta

upper level
image © satoshi shigeta

inclined walls surfaced with pegs to practice bouldering
image © satoshi shigeta

bedroom with access to ladder leading to the living + dining room
image © satoshi shigeta

original exterior of warehouse
image © tato architects

original interior
image © tato architects

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


project info:

project name: house in izumi_ohmiya
location of site: osaka japan
site area: 162.15m2
building area: 79.20m2
total floor area: 118.41m2
type of construction: steel
program: house&atelier
project by: tato architects
principal designer: yo shimada

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