urban architecture office: IWM house
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apr 23, 2012
urban architecture office: IWM house

‘IKM house’ by urban architecture office, osaka, japan
all images courtesy of urban architecture office

in the urban district of osaka, japan, the ‘IKM house’ by japanese practice urban architecture office bridges the need for
privacy within the densely developed area and the desire to visually connect with encompassing context. accessed through the
main elevation’s ground level entries, inhabitants are given a discreet and private front door along with a garage door which
may remain open as a porous portal between indoors and outdoors. a glass partition forms a temperature controlled workshop within
the ground level space which overlooks the street’s activity.

rising to the first floor, a kitchen, dining and living area may access an open-air patio which is partially enclosed with an exterior wall,
strategically screens unwanted views from adjacent structures and offers dwellers direct sunlight and framed outward views
of details and elevations of neighboring buildings through openings of varied heights, sizes and directions. outdoor terraces continue
to stack overhead, culminating with an uncovered ceiling plane and the sky.

(left) south elevation
(right) front door and garage entry

from the second floor interior, a platform made from an open grate metal sheet hosts laundry tasks with sight lines through
the elevation’s voids to the street below. the third storey features a roof
garden with a lounge area terminating with a catwalk
which passes
through the facade’s vertical plane, creating a quaint balcony to observe the distant rooftops and activity on
terraces below.

view of work space from the garage

view outside through the garage

interior view of living + dining room, kitchen and 2nd floor stairs

stairs from 1st floor to 2nd floor

interior view of terrace from living + dining room


interior view of terrace and openings

view of laundry terrace

view from 1st floor terrace to the laundry terrace

upwardview of roof from terrace

(left) roof garden
(right) at night

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3



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