issho architects: ykh house issho architects: ykh house
dec 05, 2010

issho architects: ykh house

‘ykh house’ by issho architects in tokyo, japan all images courtesy issho architects



japanese studio issho architects have designed a three-storey house for a two-generation family in the suburbs of tokyo. resembling separate volumes arranged and stacked on top of one another, the dwelling distinguishes separate spaces for each family unit while still remaining holistically connected through a common circulation spine.

street view



the exterior is clad in alternating metal panels. some are set in hinges to swing out, exposing the black-framed windows beneath. the roof space of the lower level volumes serve as outdoor terraces that can be accessed from the second storey. 

entrance and roof terraces



the first and second levels each feature a living/dining/kitchen area, a bedroom, and washroom. centrally on display is a circular pillar which encases a revolving staircase. running through all the levels, it singularly connects the house and family together, performing like a ‘public street’ where dwellers can feel the life of others.

door to central stairway and third level wall shutters open


(left) second level kitchen / open (right) second level kitchen / closed


(left) third level space (right) central staircase

site plan and ground floor

(left) second level floor plan (right) third level floor plan

  • quite clever how the outer cladding pattern is mirrored on the interior with the wooden panels in the kitchen.

    very convincing design.

    pat mason says:

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