mA style: ant house
mA style: ant house
jun 11, 2012

mA style: ant house

‘ant house’ by mA-style architects, omaezaki-city, shizuoka, japan image © kai nakamura all images courtesy of mA-style architects mA style: ant house

shizuoka-based mA-style architects have sent us images of their recently completed ‘ant house’, a single family residence in omaezaki-city, japan. a windowless cube clad with dark metal panels addresses the street, concealing the interior configuration from view entirely. upon entering the discreet front door, a warm plywood palette welcomes inhabitants. a perimeter corridor lined with nooks and cubbyhole storage leads towards the dining area and kitchen in the rear of the home. the bordering partitions contain voids to reveal an open room suspended within the center of the structure between the ground and first levels.

a primary stairway leads to the upper level master bedroom and children’s area which parallel the free space. positioned lower than the floor plate of the first floor, the independent unit is a singular room with a gabled roof. windows and skylights permeating the walls introduce daylight into the internal space. the ridge of the form meets the exterior enclosure.

mA style: ant house main entry image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house

(left) front door (right) backyard porch images © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house

interior entry image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house

living room image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house (left) dining area (right) downward view of kitchen from the free space

images © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house (left) lavatory (right) kitchen + bathroom corridor

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house first floor children’s area

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house (left) view of the children’s area from the free space (right) view of the children’s area through partition voids

images © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house free space is suspended between the ground and first floor

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house windows within the enclosure of the free space

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house first floor corridor

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house stairs descend into the free space

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house (left) upward view of the gabled ceiling within the free space (right) feet hanging into the free space from the bordering children’s area

images © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house gable roof of the free space meets the cubic exterior of the dwelling

image © kai nakamura

mA style: ant house floor plan / level 0

mA style: ant house floor plan / level 1

  • very eloquent and the presence of people in the photos is very refreshing

    dbkii says:
  • also – love the house within a house component – vestiges of the primal image of residence captured within a thoroughly contemporary container – house housed within a housing

    now that I realize who the authors are, I’m not at all surprised – more excellent work from mA

    dbkii says:
  • Love the flow, feels natural and easy. Excellent mix of public and private space.

    How much longer will raw plywood be considered the domestic surface of choice>?

    Tom P says:
  • Hideous. You people are crazy.

    MR says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

(8 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.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,281 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine