KINO architects: branch house KINO architects: branch house
jul 12, 2011

KINO architects: branch house

‘branch house’ by KINO architects in fukushima, japan all images courtesy KINO architects image © daici ano

 

 

 

japanese practice KINO architects (masahiro kinoshita) has sent us images of ‘branch house’, a private dwelling for a four person family in a residential area in fukushima, japan. treating the communal space as the center of the design, the house ‘branches off’ to arrange its private functions at its perimeters. 

fly-by view image © daici ano

 

 

 

situated on a long site, the single-storey residence is significantly stepped back from the street line to achieve a private distance from the neighbourhood. each branch terminates with a closed-face of vertical-running panels, and draws a playful and asymmetrically-pitched profile. in contrast, the elevations in between are finished in a bright shade of white, accentuating the four diverging wings as though they were cut from a large mass.

exterior view image © daici ano

view from one of the gardens image © daici ano

image © daici ano

 

 

 

at the center, the communal living and dining space becomes the core of the layout with the master bedroom, children’s room, kitchen, bathroom and guest room branching outwards. each room features a loft level that functions as appropriate storage space – or a play area in the children’s room – for the respective program. a series of columns provides support as well as highlights the rhythmic finish of the exposed roof structure made out of wood. surrounded by four gardens, the distance between the rooms facilitate natural daylighting and cross ventilation. the sprawling layout also aids in resisting possible earthquakes in the area.

interior view image © daici ano

living room image © daici ano

image © daici ano

exposed roof structure image © daici ano

ladder up to loft level image © daici ano

view from loft image © daici ano

image © daici ano

images © daici ano

image © daici ano

night view image © daici ano

image © daici ano

image © daici ano

schematic diagram

site map

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / loft level

structural diagram

 

 

project info:

 

principal use: private residence structure: wooden storeys: one site area: 344.26 m2 building area: 120.61 m2 total floor area: 176.70 m2

  • ¡Preciosa!.
    Comparada con los bodrios “cuadrados” que hemos visto otras veces, esta es una casa bonita, tradicional (tradicional occidental, la verdad), y cómoda.
    La voy a guardar, a ver si puedo hacerla en 3D, en mi ordenador.

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    Precious!.
    Compared with the clunkers “squares” we have seen before, this is a nice house, traditional (traditional western, really), and comfortable.
    I’m going to save, see if I can do it in 3D on my computer.

    very nice says:
  • ¡Preciosa!.
    Comparada con los bodrios “cuadrados” que hemos visto otras veces, esta es una casa bonita, tradicional (tradicional occidental, la verdad), y cómoda.
    La voy a guardar, a ver si puedo hacerla en 3D, en mi ordenador.

    ***************************

    Precious!.
    Compared with the clunkers “squares” we have seen before, this is a nice house, traditional (traditional western, really), and comfortable.
    I’m going to save, see if I can do it in 3D on my computer.

    Turriano says:
  • precious,
    really organic and comfortable spaces.

    ilumina says:
  • I think the stairs dangerous for kids! …And once again I see a house surrounded by a horrible landscape! Nice use of wood.

    Dario says:
  • True the landscape is kinda nasty, however the exterior does a great job of blending in while being interesting. And the interior does a great job of taking us away from that horrible out environment. This is really good work.

    James says:
  • Great job. Love the use of wood and exposed beams (but wouldn’t like to have the job of cleaning). Interesting that there are no gutters on the roof. Makes it look clean but I wonder about the effects when there’s a monsoon or torrential rain.

    BS says:
  • I don’t really see this project might be interesting in terms of architecture but it’s too caothic on the inside, too many columns and this “terrace” in the hole house for the kids it’s just dnagerous.

    nina says:
  • ottimo lavoro.

    bsdes says:

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