pilotis used to elevate TOFU architects' highway adjacent dwelling
pilotis used to elevate TOFU architects' highway adjacent dwelling pilotis used to elevate TOFU architects' highway adjacent dwelling
nov 28, 2014
pilotis used to elevate TOFU architects' highway adjacent dwelling


pilotis used to elevate TOFU architects’ highway adjacent dwelling
photo by stirling elmendorf
all images courtesy of TOFU architects

 

 

 

located close to a prominent highway in ashiya city, this japanese residence is perched on piloti, detaching it from the street below. owing to the home’s close proximity to the motorway, TOFU architects – the designers behind the scheme – had to take into account the site’s constant noise and vibration levels. consequently, a sturdy steel-frame construction method was chosen, with deep foundations ensuring that any tremors experienced are limited.

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
the building is located close to a prominent highway in japan’s ashiya city
photo by stirling elmendorf

 

 

 

the property’s primary façade is defined by a large opening that faces the adjacent overpass, presenting an ever-changing view that is constantly in flux. internally, rooms are divided between two primary storeys, with the parking bay at ground level and a rooftop terrace sandwiching two floors of living accommodation. the lower of these two levels contains the home’s kitchen and dining facilities, while two bedrooms are positioned above.

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
the residence is perched on piloti, detaching it from the street below
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
internally, rooms are divided between two primary storeys
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
the lower of these two levels contains the home’s kitchen and dining facilities
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
the large opening faces the adjacent overpass, presenting a constantly changing scene
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
two bedrooms are positioned at the upper level of the plan
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
a balcony runs along the storey’s perimeter
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
the property’s primary façade is characterized by a large aperture
photo by stirling elmendorf

TOFU architects M-house ashiya japan designboom
owing to the close proximity to the motorway, designers had to take into account the site’s noise and vibration levels
photo by stirling elmendorf

 

full article here

 

project info:

 

name: M-house
location: ashiya, hyogo, japan  
architect: TOFU
site area: 95.98 sqm  
project area: 158.17 sqm   
use: garage/house  
completed: 2014
photography: stirling elmendorf

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