arts and crafts architectural design associates: okagami house arts and crafts architectural design associates: okagami house
feb 05, 2013

arts and crafts architectural design associates: okagami house

‘okagami house’ by arts and crafts architectural design associates, kanagawa, japanall images courtesy of arts and crafts architectural design associates



originally built 33 years ago by japanese architect denso sugiura of arts and crafts architectural design associates, the ‘okagami house’ and its site havechanged over the years, warranting a renovation that reflects the new terrain, new family members, and new uses. the seedlings planted in the past havenow grown into adults, reshaping the nature of the site, creating a small green oasis amidst the suburban sprawl. the need for more space led to an addition on the other end of the property, connected by a wooden bridge open to the elements. the concrete structure contains a large glass clerestorythat illuminates the interior while it offers views of the sky. the upper levels of the split dwellings contain the social program enveloped in glass wallsthat use the green canopies as privacy screens against direct sunlight; the lower floor is reserved for private bedrooms and bathrooms hidden amongstthe thick vegetation.



lower wooden walkway



view to the addition from the existing structure



approach from the street along the top section of the site



living space encased in large windows uses the surrounding vegetation for privacy



upper wooden walkway connecting the two structures





view towards the original house



(left) living space(right) tatami room



(left) house in 1979(right) house in 2012 




floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level -1















project info:



project name: okagami housemain purpose: housingdesign: denso sugiura │ arts & crafts architectual design associatesstructural design: kubota sekkeicontractor: watanabe takeshi construction co.,ltd.location: asao-ku, kawasaki-shi, kanagawa, japansite area: 384.94m2total floor area: 173.88m2construction period: 1979(Ⅰ), 1995(Ⅱ), 2012(Ⅲ)

  • Very nice!

    Dr.H says:
  • that Eames chair looks very much right at home

    dbkii says:
  • luv it!

    juliano says:
  • Nicely integrated with the trees and hills.

    justin says:
  • love it! just imagine if have a studio like this 😀

    Satriyo says:
  • wonderful n amazing

    ivan says:
  • Just by how much have Japanese architecture got better in the last decades?

    yushi says:
  • I know this house.
    I’d like to live in such a nice one!!!

    tak says:
  • I feel this house could fit in, in Hawai’i. Love the design around a lush environment.

    gork platter says:

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