keitaro muto architects plans single-story wooden house with open air living area in japan
 

keitaro muto architects plans single-story wooden house with open air living area in japan

keitaro muto architects has built godo, a single-story wooden house in kobe, japan, integrating communal living areas with the outdoor garden through a large opening on the south wall. situated on a private field next to the owners’ parents house, the residence is in direct connection with the surrounding landscape, since the open plan space containing the kitchen, dining and living room is only separated from the outside through a pair of fabric curtains. a concrete bench at the opening vividly defines the boundary between interior and exterior, while it extends further to the south to become a roofed terrace with views towards the field.

keitaro muto architects plans single-story wooden house with open air living area in japan

all images by teruaki yoshiike

 

 

keitaro muto architects has developed a simple structure topped with a single roof with a diagonal twist, creating a generous residence that takes advantage of the surrounding environment. supporting a fiver-meter cantilevered roof, the eight-meter-long opening that characterizes the house brings plenty of natural light and air in, while directly connecting residents with nature. the ceiling rises towards the north side of the living room, where a sunken window behind the kitchen visually connects the house to the parents’ field. gray birch plywood floors and concrete kitchen create a square-like atmosphere surrounded by fields, and the continuous, externally-lined rice-barbed walls give depth to light and shadows of trees.

keitaro muto architects plans single-story wooden house with open air living area in japan

keitaro muto architects plans single-story wooden house with open air living area in japan

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: godo

architect: keitaro muto architects

location: kobe town, anhachigun, gifu prefecture, japan

site area: 369 m2

total floor area: 117 m2

structure: wooden single-story house

structural design: fujio building structural design office

construction: seiwa construction

kitchen: susumu source

landscaping: living design

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