key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts

‘hayama huts’ by key operation inc. 

 

In the quiet Japanese townscape of Miura, not far from Isshiki Beach, ‘Hayama Huts’ emerges as a cluster of wood-clad buildings huddled around a central pool. Completed by local practice Key Operation Inc., the U-shaped living complex frames charming views of the nearby seascape and rolling green mountains in the distance, inviting openness while maintaining privacy and comfort for both owners and neighbors. Grouped together in such fashion, the huts echo ‘a village-like appearance that blends in with the scenery,‘ writes the practice. 

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
all images © Shigeo Ogawa 

 

 

a village-like residence that balances openness + privacy

 

Given the narrow lanes weaving through the town area, Key Operation Inc. decided to break down the villa into five huts so as not to overwhelm adjoining houses. Each volume hosts a specific program (dining area, living room, private bedrooms, service area with parking lot and bathrooms, warehouse) and spans a certain height to match its internal function. Crowning every hut is a sloping roof adjusted at a unique angle to establish a relationship with the surrounding buildings, provide privacy, and open up views towards the seascape.

 

While internal functions and roof configurations differ from one hut to the next, the architects still ensured visual unity across the exterior with wooden panels cladding all facades and the same gray color coating every rooftop.

 

Moreover, galvanized louvers gently connect three of the scattered buildings within ‘Hayama Huts’, serving mainly as an expansive pergola that covers the southern deck of the dining wing. Last but not least, the practice made room for gaps between each hut to create movement, light, and ventilation corridors linking the poolside courtyard to the periphery of the project site.

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
gaps between buildings serve as movement, light, and ventilation corridors

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key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
one of the huts serving as a full living room area

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
slanted ceilings and material richness adorn the interiors

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
galvanized louvers used as filters for skylights

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key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
night time view of the ‘Hayama Huts’ villa

key operation inc. composes private japanese residence as a cluster of wooden huts
cladding the facades in wooden panels

 

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