KUS: serigaya house KUS: serigaya house
oct 20, 2011

KUS: serigaya house

‘serigaya house’ by KUS in yokohama city, kanagawa, japan all images courtesy KUS image © satoshi asakawa

tokyo-based architecture practice KUS (eijiro kosugi, aya utsumi) has completed ‘serigaya house’, a private dwelling for a family of three in a quiet residential area of yokohama city, japan. conceived specifically for the client who required a space to house an extensive collection of records and CDs, the two-storey design incorporates built-in shelves into the structural frame to create an archival library throughout the house.

street elevation image © satoshi asakawa

situated on a sloped site, the free-standing structure features a modern gable roof that tops out a boxy elevation. a series of large rectangular-faced windows marks the facade interspersedly off-grid, lending the exterior a playful identity. the house has been stepped back from the plot line to the south to accommodate a generous front garden which sits on an elevated platform from the road.

exterior view image © satoshi asakawa

interior view of children’s room image © satoshi asakawa

creating a warm interior atmosphere through wood, the design utilizes a ‘fin-frame’ structure using thin japanese cedar members. the system allows for a maximum span of 6.6m and are arranged at 300mm on center. in addition to providing a structurally-sound framework, the technique creates lattice shelvings that extend the length of the walls. the wooden components stretch up on to the ceiling to establish a rhythmic treatment that expands the sense of space. a series of interior windows that can be closed or unlatched allow the inhabitants to control the level of privacy or openness between rooms.

interior windows closed image © satoshi asakawa

interior windows opened image © satoshi asakawa

overlooking the living space image © satoshi asakawa

ceiling treatment over living space image © satoshi asakawa

view of living room image © satoshi asakawa

image © satoshi asakawa

view of kitchen image © satoshi asakawa

bedroom image © satoshi asakawa

shelving and storage image © satoshi asakawa

tatami room image © satoshi asakawa

window image © satoshi asakawa

archive room in the basement image © satoshi asakawa

entrance hall image © satoshi asakawa

floor plan / level -1

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

cross section

longitudinal section

south elevation

  • This is fantastic. Love the [url=https://www.designboom.com]look and design[/url]. Wish I had a home like that!

    adam says:
  • probably a lot more interesting once it has been occupied and filled

    dbkii says:
  • This is my second exposure to this particular metal clad siding. I’m all for clean lines, but the dimples in this stuff detract from it’s character.

    Even corrugated tin barn siding has more character.

    But ‘ya gotta love all the storage! Yowza!

    The Gibster says:
  • Besides the owner’s record collection . . . where does little wifey-poo get to put HER stuff? And, any chance some wonderful chemical might leach out of old plastic records? Too much of one thing . . . like the fairy tale . . . the king counting all his money . . . can the guy concentrate on anything besides records? Well, at least they have the ubiquitous telephone poles . . . no garden to speak of, but . . . does it matter? They have a vault of records.

    savannahjones says:

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