k tasho architecture+unvoice: pino k tasho architecture+unvoice: pino
sep 26, 2011

k tasho architecture+unvoice: pino

‘pino’ by katsunobu tasho architecture+unvoice in machiya, japan all images courtesy katsunobu tasho architecture+unvoice image © daici ano

kyoto-based practice katsunobu tasho architectre+unvoice has sent us images of ‘pino’, a second house and personal gallery for a client in machiya, japan. situated in a dense residential neighbourhood on a tight plot of land, the single-storey design opens up to an outdoor yard to gain visual expansion of its interior space.

street view image © daici ano

standing low to the ground, the structure sits on a corner of a three-way intersection with buildings and streets bounding the rectangular site. instead of taking up the maximum footprint allotted by the plot, the layout takes on an L-shaped plan with a gravel yard in the nook of the bend. contrasting facade treatments – black vertical-running panels, and a matte white finish – gives an impression of a corner that has been cut out from an overall volume. graphic and visually-arresting, the simple form achieves a distinct identity within the compact neighbourhood.

from the street image © daici ano

view of the west elevation image © daici ano

east elevation image © daici ano

approach image © daici ano

extending the white finish of the exterior elevation, the interior displays a bright atmosphere with light coloured walls and hardwood flooring. two sliding glass doors on each ‘wing’ of the layout looks out on to the yard outdoors, gaining natural daylight and a view of the street. unlike many japanese houses which are closed off to the immediate site, the gallery is conceived as a space that is always open to the town.

interior view image © daici ano

from the gallery image © daici ano

general perspective of gallery image © daici ano

entrance at night image © daici ano

image © daici ano

roof plan

east elevation

west elevation

south elevation

north elevation

project info:

principal use: second house and personal gallery structure: wood site area: 100.03 m2 building area: 49.69 m2 total floor area: 49.69 m2

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