jun igarashi architects: house of trough
jun igarashi architects: house of trough jun igarashi architects: house of trough
dec 09, 2010

jun igarashi architects: house of trough

‘house of trough’ by jun igarashi architects in hokkaido, japan all images courtesy jun igarashi architects

‘house of trough’ by japanese studio jun igarashi architects is a dwelling for a couple located east of hokkaido. the site, which is a less-than-desirable plot next to an iron factory, called for a design that limited the interior’s visual interaction with the exterior to maintain a calm living atmosphere for the inhabitants.

kitchen/dining/ living view from above

in order to ensure that the living space was sufficiently closed-off from outside site conditions, various programs of the house act as ‘buffer zones’ and are distributed accordingly to push certain spaces more inward than outward. the square-shaped plan sandwiches the living/dining/kitchen area between a service/storage volume to the north and a bedroom/storage volume to the south. this middle zone is largely devoid of windows but remains open vertically to promote a spacious quality.

bedroom with stairs to the closet

much like mezzanines, the two volumes to the sides remain open, enabling the inhabitants to overlook the rest of the house while still illuminating the lower level. the south side accommodates a guest room in the partial basement, a bedroom on the ground floor and a generous storage space on the elevated level. the washroom and utility closet are housed on the north side with an additional lookout stoop accessible by a ladder. white translucent curtains act as temporary walls when needed.

(left) entrance, looking up to the bedroom loft (right) guestroom

semi-translucent curtains set apart the two ‘buffer’ rooms

dining space

(left) view from the north loft (right) view of the living space from the entrance hall

view from the sleeping loft space

south elevation in context

exterior at night

(left) floor plan / level -1 (right) floor plan / level 0

(left) floor plan / level 0-1(right) floor plan / level 1

(left) floor plan / level 1.5 (right) model – plan view

sectional model – looking east

sectional model – looking west west elevation

east elevation

project info:

client: couple structural design: daisuke hasegawa & partners construction: yamada industry co., ltd structure: wood storeys: 2 site area: 208.06 m2 total floor area: 98.44 m2

  • is that supposed to be ju-on seating there?

    Jonathan says:
  • ju-on…oh…
    shows what i know.
    is this beautiful ? scaring ?

    shr says:
  • amazing

    emre says:
  • sterile and blank, besides the walls themselves

    anonymous says:
  • Wow ! I want to live there…..

    Mike Gibbs says:
  • like a modern lunatic asylum, sorry kein bock auf deine story

    Nico says:

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