mA style: zigzag house mA style: zigzag house
sep 12, 2011

mA style: zigzag house

‘zigzag house’ by mA-style architects, yaizu, japan image © kai nakamura

japanese practice mA-style architects have completed ‘zigzag house’ a single family residence located in yaizu, japan. a singular wall which has been zigzagged at varying widths and distances forms the dwelling’s interior arrangement and organization. the exterior wall planes are shifted parallel to each other and generated spaces are linked with a perpendicular corridor. each successive room borders a different courtyard introducing light and allowing views of the plantings through glass facades.

street approach image © kai nakamura

smooth concrete surfaces the outside and occasionally passes through the interior accentuating the continuously bending and shifting core. warm wood outlines the track mounted windows and becomes used for the floor material, built in storage and furnishings. courtyard gardens placed within the voids become incorporated into the inhabitant’s daily activities providing a tranquil landscape within the densely developed neighborhood.

front elevation image © kai nakamura

parking image © kai nakamura

layered exterior walls image © kai nakamura

terrace leading to living space image © kai nakamura

large sliding door opens living space to the terrace image © kai nakamura

view of living space from bedroom image © kai nakamura

corridor leading to living space image © kai nakamura

(left) corridor to living space (right) kitchen and dining area images © kai nakamura

courtyard garden image © kai nakamura

floor plan / level 0 image courtesy of mA-style architects

conceptual diagram image courtesy of mA-style architects

diagram image courtesy of mA-style architects

  • ! like it but.. it’s very wasteful in terms of energy.. or not?

    lucar says:
  • Really nice work.
    Only one thing to remark: the proportions of the bedrooms. They seem too narrow to me

    Fernando says:
  • excellent plan – two of my favourite spatial principles used together – enfilade and engawa (how about that for cross-culturalism?)

    beautifully detailed interior

    the entry puzzles me a bit – you must walk across the jagged stones to enter?

    dbkii says:
  • indeed dbkii

    id like to add that the enfilade actually is a very difficult spatial typology for a small one-family-housing due to privacy issues, but they managed it pretty smart

    unfortunatly the integration of the building to its direct urban context reaches exactly to the plot boundary and no centimeter beyond

    mute says:
  • Such a fresh home, really love it 🙂

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    http://tarrantdesign.webs.com/ says:
  • Very organic conceptual diagrams had turned into the house which has a partial plan integrated with courtyards. Altough there is a lineer connection between spaces the zigzag routes can be felt in the house. It must be interesting spatial experiment for users.

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    Dekor Guru says:
  • I just don´t liked the distance between the bedrooms and the bathroom. You have to go trough the living area to use it.

    ney zillmer says:
  • The zigzag house looks like it has a very open floor plan. Not sure if this is in spite of the design or because of it. Either way, it is quite a space. I notice the sliding door to the terrace is wide open. Is there a need for [url=http://www.mastershomeservices.com]heating[/url] and cooling in the home, or is the weather such that neither are necessary?

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