alphaville architects: koyasan guest house alphaville architects: koyasan guest house
may 01, 2013

alphaville architects: koyasan guest house

‘koyasan guest house’ by alphaville architects, wakayama prefecture, japanimage © shinkenchiku-sha




presented earlier this month in JA+U (Japan Architecture+Urbanism is alphaville architect’s newest residence on mt. koya in the southern regionof japan. the ‘koyasan guest house’ is a rational timber frame construction consisting of 2×4-inch and 2×6-inch wooden members outlining a pitchedroof section whereby one plane overlaps the other creating a longitudinal skylight. each repeated rib contains four columns that set up two lateral bays in a transverse section and a narrow central corridor that runs the length of the dwelling, establishing two permeable datums that allow a flexibility in circulation. as the structure is located in a mountain village, the major building elements were prefabricated and assembled on site due to the difficulty in transporting certain equipment. the entrance side of the dwelling is rather open and contains the social functions of the house, the kitchenand seating area. the second half is solid, housing the private bedrooms and bathrooms on either side of the light-filled corridor.



video © JA+U architecture



skylightsimage © shinkenchiku-sha



interior space divided into three bays and two halvesimage © shinkenchiku-sha



linear central corridorimage © shinkenchiku-sha



lateral lounge areaimage © shinkenchiku-sha



communication between the capsule-like roomsimage © shinkenchiku-sha



naturally-lit roofimage © shinkenchiku-sha

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