JP architects stretches timber clad qilin house in japan
photo by takumi ota
all images courtesy of JP architects

 

 

 

in japan’s chiba prefecture, local practice JP architects has completed ‘qilin’, a residential property that forms a close relationship with its natural environment. the house takes its name from its stretched form, with ‘qilin’ translating as ‘giraffe’ in japanese. the structure is entirely clad in timber, with the use of wood continued inside the dwelling.

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open-plan living accommodation arranged around a centrally positioned fireplace
photo by takumi ota

 

 

 

at ground level, a warm and intimate atmosphere is established with open-plan living accommodation arranged around a centrally positioned fireplace. this expansive volume is complimented with smaller volumes that provide inhabitants with intimate areas for dining or relaxation. the use of floor-to-ceiling glazing not only enables natural light to enter the design, but also provides occupants with external views across a garden positioned at the rear of the home.

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
the house takes its name from its stretched form, with ‘qilin’ translating as ‘giraffe’ in japanese
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
the use of wood establishes a warm and intimate atmosphere inside the dwelling
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
the use of glazing ensures that the home is brightly lit throughout the day
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
rafter details
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
(left) looking through the structure that frames the livingroom and central stove
(right) the rhythmic beams continue down the hall to the bed and wash rooms
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
interior furnishings are kept to a minimum throughout the design
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
an area of decking encircles the property
photo by takumi ota

JP architects qilin house chiba japan designboom
the residential property looks to form a close relationship with its natural environment
photo by takumi ota

 

 

project info:

 

architecture design: JP architects (matsushima-jp)
location: chiba, japan
structure: wood
site area: 721.30 sqm
building area: 108 sqm
total floor area: 101 sqm
photography: takumi ota