maki yoshimura frames two-volume house in japan with timber truss skeleton

maki yoshimura frames two-volume house in japan with timber truss skeleton

house in zengo by maki yoshimura architecture office (MYAO) is built as a changing vessel that sometimes doubles as a studio for art events. located in japan‘s aichi prefecture, near the center of the country’s main island of honshu, the residence is defined by two gable-roofed volumes, connected to each other via different parts of the interior spaces.

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maki yoshimura has used fiber cement siding for the exterior walls, and has chosen to highlight the structural framework, a timber roof truss, developing the house’s material and color palette accordingly. featuring ample natural light, the open, flexible interior spaces are characterized by grey hues with a few pops of color, combined with wooden flooring and furnishings.

maki yoshimura frames two-volume house in japan with timber truss skeleton designboom



‘we first thought about a simple diagram adopting two axis from division of the site,’ notes maki yoshimura, ‘schemes are useful as a trigger for organizing relationships, but sometimes they spoil the space if overprinted. therefore, once introduced, the scheme is disintegrated afterwards according to the micro-circumstances, and then reapplied to different parts.’

 maki yoshimura frames two-volume house in japan with timber truss skeleton designboom


project info: 


project name: house in zengo

architecture firm: maki yoshimura architecture office | myao

project location: aichi pref. japan

gross built area: 143.22m2

lead architects: maki yoshimura

other participants: structure design / rdm takushi nakayama + midori kanayama

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