jun igarashi architects: layered house
jun igarashi architects: layered house jun igarashi architects: layered house
dec 07, 2010

jun igarashi architects: layered house

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

‘layered house’ by japanese practice jun igarashi architects is a two-storey dwelling for a family of four located east of hokkaido in the old city district of saroma-cho. the design designates long slices of the floor plan to separate programs, creating with a linear compilation a house that is literally layered from one end to the other.

opened to the garden

the site is surrounded by a heavily-used street to the north, a co-op farm to the east, a warehouse to the west, and the house of the clients’ parents to the south. taking these conditions as a point of departure, the design pins its directionality to the south where a small garden is placed and creates a closed-door atmosphere for the rest of the house, creating a sense of ease and comfort for the inhabitants. the north, east, and west faces are limited in windows while a large opening to the south places natural light at the center of focus.

(left) view into the living room through the entrance hallway (right) from the second level

the series of buffer spaces created by the terrace, sun parlor, and guest room act as volumetric layers that diffuse the light. semitransparent curtains between these spaces give the inhabitants control over how connected the interior is to the exterior. this element of layers becomes a motif for the house and is able to be seen from multiple rooms through square apertures and openings.

living / dining room

semi transparent curtains to the left

in the buffer zone – guest room

looking into the house from the garden

layers seen throughout the house

south facade

north facade

site plan

ground floor plan

first floor plan


south elevation

north elevation

east elevation

west elevation

project info: program: private house client: 2 couple, 2 children structural design: daisuke hasegawa & partners construction: igarashi-gumi structure: wood storeys: 2 height: 5.1 m site area: 596.77 m2 design area: 150.71 m2 total floor area: 202.26 m2

  • window detail that be sharp edge is so nice.

    shr says:
  • very nice! i like the feeling of space that is created

    muddler says:

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