FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary house
FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary house
oct 14, 2011

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary house

‘ordinary house’ by FORM / kouichi kimura architects, shiga, japan image © MOVE




japanese practice FORM / koichi kimura architects has completed ‘ordinary house’, a single family residence located in shiga, japan. positioned within a newly constructed residential development, this home intentionally recedes into its mundane context with minimal external detailing and landscape features. the simple rectangular volume has minimal penetrations for windows, reducing the overall cost of the structure. the limited bands of windows have been carefully laid out to translate into the interior configuration.

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary housefront door leads directly to stairway image © MOVE




the ground level corridors lead to the private spaces and bedroom, while an entry stair leads up to the common areas. the living, dining and kitchen areas revolve around the void within the floor plate for the stairs with open views across the half-wall railing. a central rectangular skylight illuminates the entire area and filters into the stairwell providing a soft and guiding light to visitors.

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary houselight filtering down from above image © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary housecommon spaces revolve around void within floor image © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary houseskylight positioned above stair image © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary housea series of half-walls maintain communication across the common area image © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary houseliving, dining and kitchen image © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary house(left) corridor (right) skylight images © MOVE

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary housefloor plan / level 0 image courtesy kouichi kimura

FORM / kouichi kimura architects: ordinary house floor plan / level +1 image courtesy kouichi kimura



project info:


architects: form/kouichi kimura architects location: shiga, japan client: private construction year: 2011 site area: 127.8 sqm constructed area: 102.67 sqm

  • square rabbit’s hole…

    alisa says:
  • Wow. These Japanese houses give new meaning to the word minimalism. Do the Japanese have a life, outside of the spiritual realm?

    family guy says:
  • Looks sharp, but seems like a very cold living space. (figuratively speaking)

    patrick says:
  • wow look what I made, a white box!

    ann says:
  • interesting – “recessive” architecture for recessionary times

    eloquent little piece of work

    dbkii says:
  • i wonder why did they separate the bath, the wc and the wash basin.

    ed says:
  • A white cube on a plinth hardly “recedes into it’s mundane context.” (Unless the context happens to be populated by many other white cubes on plinths.)

    jxd says:

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