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

jun igarashi architects: shounan house

‘shounan house’ by jun igarashi architects in kanagawa, japan all images courtesy jun igarashi architects image © iwan baan

japanese practice jun igarashi architects has sent us images of ‘shounan house’, a private house for a two generation family near tokyo, japan. in an old neighbourhood with aged structures throughout, the house establishes a bold presence on the site with its asymmetrical form and angular silhouette.

exterior view image © iwan baan

delineating a deep slope that could be clearly read from the street, the house features an over-exaggerated roof form that hangs over the main entrance. carved out in a long strip, the design accommodates three parking spaces to the clients’ request. the pitched form contains within a double-height atrium space that keeps the majority of the main level open vertically. the second level extends out to the communal space in the form of elevated walkways that overlook the living and dining room below. a third, lofted platform provides a more private area that mimics the effect of an attic.

in context image © iwan baan

the house is tied together by a physical motif in the form of structural cross braces. a system of small square-faced windows placed near the ground encourages natural cross ventilation which is further facilitated by the cool corridor on the north and the warm area on the south. a carved out portion in the roofline generates an outdoor terrace that is suitable for drying laundry.

street view image © iwan baan

street facade image © iwan baan

interior view image © iwan baan

upper level image © iwan baan

image © iwan baan

image © iwan baan

staircase images © iwan baan

biew of dining space image © iwan baan

kitchen image © iwan baan

roof terrace image © iwan baan

general perspective image © iwan baan

image © iwan baan

site map

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +0.5

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section

cross section

project info:

site: 202.71 m2 total floor: 171.78 m2 ground floor: 96.426 m2 second floor: 65.36 m2 structure: wooden

  • Beautifully simple detail on the stairs and handrail, but, er, health and safety anyone?? That bottom part of the mezzanine handrail is a tripwire at its minimalist.:)

    and don’t get me started on the roof play area..

    simple and understated though.

    H&S Exec says:
  • I think the architect took the balustrade(mesh) off when photographer took the photos.
    The kids are also quite big so it’s not too dangerous if they are educated enough.

    ms says:
  • the name “Darwin” comes to mind

    dbkii says:
  • beautiful

    ... says:
  • this simply just does not work. fail.

    ivan says:
  • these are true challenges.

    take such restrictive place in terms of space, location and environment and make them a pleasant and distinctive place where a family can happily live, is, from my point of view, the true meaning of architecture.

    But I agree with the safety concerns. The roof looks a little bit to open to let children play around.

    Mr.Ricky says:
  • Great walls for the neighbors to project movies on.
    Handrails???

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • beautiful but not practical at all.Lots of space lost too.The angles are too agressive event if its pure white.Security issues must be reinforced (handrails, stairs etc…) it’s like an architectural maquette scaled up and sold by the architects…

    Paul.Archidesign says:
  • Not every country has as onerous health and safety regulations as others…

    Which, as with everything, has it’s positives and negatives.

    iamgavin says:

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