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 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)
this compact house can be used as holiday cabin, a hideaway, treehouse or even a temporary habitation for research.
the man-made landscape has been transformed into a sloping playground, where children can explore the area beneath the timber structure.
the institution features a perforated grey brick façade that embraces and unites the historic architectural elements of the site.
conceived as a 'billboard building', the elevated longitudinal structure runs parallel to the road and is organized around a cloister-like garden.