designed by fujiwaramuro architects, ‘house in mukainada’ is a compact family dwelling in the japanese city of hiroshima. located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the single storey wooden structure encloses a total floor area of just over 75 square meters. the brief called for a home suitable for an elderly couple that would facilitate their passion for gardening. internally, the clients desired a large space that could double as a gallery or workshop.

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all images by toshiyuki yano

 

 

in response, shintaro fujiwara and yoshio muro of fujiwaramuro architects proposed a house that integrated a concrete promenade. connected to the property, this circular planted pathway incorporates designated areas for natural vegetation. as the house is positioned at a diagonal angle in relation to the rest of the site, it not only offers daylight and views of the surrounding mountains, but also privacy from adjacent plots.

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‘house in mukainada’ is a small family dwelling in the japanese city of hiroshima

 

 

the pathway completes its circumference internally, with a paler timber flooring used to delineate the space. this central living area is adjoined by a kitchen, an office/guestroom, a bedroom, and a bathroom. space for two parked cars is provided externally. the house is intended to become a gathering place for local residents, including the parents and children of neighbors living nearby.

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the structure encloses a total floor area of just over 75 square meters

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the brief called for a single storey home suitable for an elderly couple

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the clients desired a large space that could double as a gallery or workshop

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the central living area is adjoined by a kitchen and an office/guestroom

fujiwaramuro-architects-house-in-mukainada-hiroshima-japan-designboom-02
a circular planted pathway incorporates designated areas for natural vegetation

fujiwaramuro-architects-house-in-mukainada-hiroshima-japan-designboom-02
the house is positioned at a diagonal angle in relation to the rest of the site

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space for two parked cars is provided

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the house is intended to become a gathering place for local residents

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floor plan / level 0

 

 

project info:

 

location: mukainada, hiroshima, japan

principle use: single family house

site area: 329.1 sqm
building area: 82.81 sqm
total floor area: 76.04 sqm
storeys: 1
project architect: shintaro fujiwara, yoshio muro
project team: fujiwaramuro architects
structure: wooden
photography: toshiyuki yano

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