mattch: house H, nagoya mattch: house H, nagoya
dec 10, 2012

mattch: house H, nagoya

‘house H’ by mattch, nagoya, japanimage © nacasa and partnersall images courtesy of mattch



contained within one thick oddly-shaped shell, the ‘house H’ by japanese practice mattch, located in nagoya, sits on a corner site next to a small parking area. creating a continuous exterior envelope is a key component in acoustically isolating the inside, which then opens up into a common space subdivided by thinner interior partitions. the sweeping roof peaks at a transverse skylight that illuminates the double-height space inside, including the mezzanine. smaller apertures are cut out of the outer wood-frame walls to provide views and ventilation at different points of the residence, helping to break up the otherwise massive neutral-toned mass. the white interior contains natural round wood columns and oak floors, with the bedrooms existing in a smaller ‘structure within a structure.’ the overhang of the front entrance and vertical timber louvers shades the interior during the summer months and provides a comfortable and private exterior patio, partially sheltered from public view.


situated on a corner siteimage © nacasa and partners


view from the cornerimage © nacasa and partners


front deck and entranceimage © nacasa and partners


semi-private deckimage © nacasa and partners


main interior living spaceimage © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


smaller structures within the main house contain individual programmatic elementsimage © nacasa and partners


all white interior creates a light environmentimage © nacasa and partners


thin rice walls divide smaller sections of the houseimage © nacasa and partners


bedroomimage © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


transverse skylight illuminates the interiorimage © nacasa and partners


second-storey mezzanineimage © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


large block of spaceimage © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners


image © nacasa and partners



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



section sketch

  • I like the design and the use of the curves but I would have concerns about letting children play on a mezzanine without a glass partition or some sort of barrier.

    Pom Pom says:
  • I attached a white net to a handrail.

    ryuji takenaka(mattch) says:
  • Very Nice.
    Absolutely needs child proofing.
    The wiring on the power poles is the most orderly I’v seen.

    Dan says:
  • Kiddy go SPLAT!

    Lightmaker says:
  • where do the kids sleep?
    somebody see a kid’s bedroom?

    erube says:
  • Yes, kids sleeps probably outside.
    Handrail without any fillings is under consideration.

    adam says:

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