hari architects: kokuban house hari architects: kokuban house
sep 14, 2011

hari architects: kokuban house

‘kokuban house’ by hari architects in kitajima-cho itano-gun, tokushima prefecture, japan all images courtesy hari architects

japanese practice hari architects has sent us images of ‘kokuban house’, a two-storey private residence in tokushima prefecture, japan. composed of a series of boxes, the design defines individual programs and zones in a pragmatic and intuitive manner, resulting in a house that mediates between openness and privacy.

exterior view

featuring a number of different facade finishes, the house’s internal composition can be clearly read in the makeup of its elevation. two silver boxes – one standing vertically and the other floating horizontally – set a bold contrast against the white base of the house. the resulting exterior expression is a playful delineation of space.


opening up to a double-height atrium, the entry hall serves multiple functions in addition to providing access to the house. a tall freestanding chalkboard and a swing set has been installed, giving the space to the children of the house. light filled and finished with concrete flooring, the area serves as a small playground within the residence. the white box which sits on the ground floor accommodates the living and dining space, while the two silver boxes host private programs such as the bedroom and children’s room. the voids between the three forms facilitate an airy and illuminated atmosphere.

view of entrance hall

views of chalkboard

views of entrance atrium

living space


upper level

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1


(left) schematic model (right) sketched perspective

  • extremely livable set of spaces

    dbkii says:
  • Playful is right!

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