jun igarashi architects: house m
jun igarashi architects: house m jun igarashi architects: house m
jun 01, 2011

jun igarashi architects: house m

‘house m’ by jun igarashi architects in hokkaido, japan all images courtesy jun igarashi architects image © sergio pirrone

japanese practice jun igarashi architects has completed ‘house m’, a multi-level dwelling in a densely packed neighbourhood in the heart of hokkaido, japan. composed of a series of white boxes, the design seeks to provide a quiet and detached living atmosphere away from the hectic pace of the urban site.

jun igarashi architects: house m street elevation image © sergio pirrone

stepped back from the street line to create an outdoor buffer zone, the house is revealed in layers through a collection of box-like volumes that sit sidled next to one another. the resulting holistic expression lends the house a dynamic presence on the industrial site, standing autonomously between a tax office and a neighbouring house.

jun igarashi architects: house m street view image © sergio pirrone

running down the spine of the dwelling is a double height hall-way that connects the internal programs together on both sides. drawing natural light from windows placed overhead, the space is extremely well-lit and gives off an arcade-like atmosphere. encased in the largest communal volume, the dining, living room and kitchen are arranged in a linear fashion from one side to the next. a large internal window facing out to the hallway coupled with a generous roof light overhead allows the space to be naturally illuminated. to maximize this daylighting effect, the interior is singularly finished in white and light-coloured wood. a private study nook on a lofted platform can be accessed through a system of cantilevering steps. 

jun igarashi architects: house m interior view image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m view from the kitchen image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m kitchen and dining volume images © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m roof light image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m view of hallway images © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m ceiling image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m images © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m stairway image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m images © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m study loft image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m images © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m in context image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m image © sergio pirrone

jun igarashi architects: house m site map

jun igarashi architects: house m floor plan / level 0 (1) entrance (2) hall (3) closet (4) garage (5) court (6) drawing room (7) utilites (8) washroom (9) bathroom (10) rest room (11) living / dining room (12) kitchen (13) bedroom (14) guest room (15) reading room

jun igarashi architects: house m floor plan / level +1

jun igarashi architects: house m section

  • jaw dropping

    contraband says:
  • Insane asylum house

    SARA says:
  • when are they moving the rest of the furniture in?
    … or the people..?

    chrisk says:
  • I would have to agree with Sara that this is an asylum! This is not going to enhance a person’s quality of life!

    Mel says:
  • bit over this clone-like minimalist Japanese architecture aesthetic that co-exists within industrialised environments.

    PLEASE can we have something personable, tactile and creative and something that looks as though it’s lived in and not a modern art gallery?

    cagey says:
  • cagey these houses are for people who want to live in a modern art gallery like house.

    its’s not just the architects style but the clientes taste.

    kou says:
  • the woman in there looks also as if she’s in an asylum.. scary..

    scary says:
  • Check out the access to the washing-hands-in-a-sink volume (eighth photo down) with the gap between the step/autonomous object/lump of concrete. Now try not to think of a broken ankle performative event/situation.

    Peter Drew says:
  • Terrifying vision from a totalitarian dystopian vision of society where all human feeling is stripped away and banned and people become nothing more than digits in a line of code.

    I like the spaces though – I’d fill it full of art, antiques, colour… people, animals, dust, mess and all the detritus and chaos of an organic human life.

    Finlay Cowan says:
  • don’t be fooled, as you are, by the photography. The white-washed aesthetic of the pictures does not truley represent the reality of the space. Since when is the sky akin to a florescent light? I’ve been in a few of ‘these’ spaces and once they are filled with the objects and props of existence, they are quite livable.

    serv says:
  • I´ll have to agree with Finaly Cowan though, I kinda find these spaces appealing for messing them around….

    Polo says:
  • kou,
    then the architect doesn’t have a style and the client doesn’t have any taste.

    …modern art gallery-like house, what a contradiction!

    cagey says:
  • lotta generalizations going on here today

    dbkii says:
  • Que horror… se puede vivir en un lugar así?

    ms says:

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • Gee,

    You people are pretty ignorant. This is about the architecture not the fixtures and fittings. I am sure that they will put in a lounge suite with lace doilies and a dead owl on the wall to keep you happy.

    dia says:
  • And if you look at the plans, you things like couches, rugs etc. referenced.

    Helpful hint: read the plans.

    I love it. Having said that, I think the people from Unhappy Hipsters are going to have a field day.

    dia says:
  • Good design, if incredibly sterile in these pics… but what dissappoints me is that it’s been moved back from the street, but a great opportunity to add some green to a completly paved neighborhood has been missed. I believe those are permeable paviing stones that can allow grass and cars at once, and that’s great, but it needs at least one tree.

    exxtremitie says:
  • what is the point of making such minimal apartment?
    it seem no much function, just about line & plane

    JesXGame says:
  • thx1138

    escot delarosa says:
  • the ghost in the shell.

    mjduarte says:

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