naoko horibe architect's office: dog grooming salon and house naoko horibe architect's office: dog grooming salon and house
sep 09, 2013

naoko horibe architect's office: dog grooming salon and house

naoko horibe architect’s office: dog grooming salon and house
image © yuko tada
all images courtesy of naoko horibe




complete with dog grooming salon, this multipurpose house by japanese firm naoko horibe architect’s office, cleverly integrates both business and living functions into the one building. located in usa-shi, oita in japan, the 66.25m2 building sits on a narrow plot of land surrounded by rice fields. the house’s business activity is adjacent to the main road and accessed directly from the street, at the other end are the family’s living quarters. separating the two functions – family home and dog salon – is the bathroom and kitchen, conveniently located in the middle of the volume, so they can easily be used from both ends. constructed from wood with a mono pitch roof, the open plan interior has extended views out to the garden, making the building feel larger than it really is. curtains are used to draw privacy between the different living spaces and provide distinction between the working and family areas. a small mezzanine level faces the exterior courtyard, with a daybed for the the occupants to relax on.



the narrow and multipurpose house sits on an elongated site
image © yuko tada



exterior elevation of the building’s main entrance
image © yuko tada



view looking through the living spaces and out to the courtyard
image © yuko tada



the open plan interior has extended views out to the garden, making the building feel larger than it really is
image © yuko tada



curtains are used to draw privacy and provide a distinction between the working and family areas
image © yuko tada



the 66.25m2 house is located in usa-shi, oita in japan
image © yuko tada



the family quarters open to a private courtyard space
image © yuko tada



nighttime view of the mono-pitched volume
image © yuko tada 





project info:


architect: naoko horibe
photographer: yuko tada
completion: september 2010-october 2012
location: usa-shi, oita
primary usage: residence and dogsalon
structure: wooden construction, single story above ground
clients: mother with a child
site area: 325.41 m2
building area: 66.25 m2
total floor space: 66.25 m2

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