house usuki by kenta eto architects, is a project that aims to harmonize human scale with environmental scale, amidst the rolling hills of usuki city in the oita prefecture of japan. the surroundings are characterized by mountainous terrain and scattered fields and houses. the concept behind the design is to utilise the topography and difference in levels of the site going down from the mountains.
all images courtesy of kenta eto architects
the architect has designed the shape of the building not to disturb the impressive landscape, but instead to be an extension of the environment and topography. the house appears as a slope that is inclined to about 24 degrees, allowing a person to climb directly up from ground level. from this point, the slow gradient allows you to sit or lie down and admire the pastoral mountain scenery.
inside the house, the kitchen, living room, master bedroom and wet area are concentrated on the first floor, and the hobby room and kid’s room are arranged on the second. the southern edge where the slope goes down has a large opening that connects the inside and outside in a courtyard space. as for the structure, the conventional post and beam structural method has been used as the main element. the timber eaves which form the sloping roof are expressed within the interior, resulting in an honest approach to the architecture. the goal by kenta eto architects is to create a home where human and environmental scales blend together harmoniously.
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
architecture in japan (518 articles)
residential architecture and interiors (273 articles)
a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.
on the outskirts of a medieval town in western spain, a giant, boulder-shaped volume emerges out of the undulating terrain.
in his latest work, the architect has taken an old gas oil tank and converted it into a capsule for living in argentina.
to be known as the 'jack, joseph and morton mandel campus', the project is located in jerusalem's russian compound on a hill overlooking the old city.
'school la rouche' by tracks architectes is located in a green pedestrian area, in the heart of the historic town of perthes-en-gâtinais, in the south of region »
'school la rouche' by tracks architectes is located in a green pedestrian area, in the heart of the historic town of perthes-en-gâtinais, in the south of region seine and marne, france.