mattch: house N in nagoya
mattch: house N in nagoya mattch: house N in nagoya
dec 03, 2012

mattch: house N in nagoya

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



located in a trapezoidal plot on a slightly sloping site facing an elementary school park in nagoya, ‘house N’ by japanese practice mattch borrows on mixed-use typology buildings with a ground floor with a stone masonry facade and large bay windows like a store front looking at the street. due to the odd shape of the property, the massing consists of two three-storey rectangular volumes joined by a triangular light well with a spiral staircase. the incline of the area shifts the alignment of the levels creating half-floors that add another layering to the organization of spaces and their visual connection. an industrial exposed steel frame makes up the skeleton of the structure, allowing for larger apertures in the walls. the harder industrial nature of the exterior metal siding is contrasted by the artistically decorated light-filled rooms with warmer hardwood floors and the vibrant yellow heater that runs vertically through the entire residence injecting a vein of color to every part of the home. the ground level contains the carport and spare bedroom, followed by the bedroom and dining room, and the living room and terrace on the top storey with large  strip windows offering views of the neighborhood. each of the spaces spill out onto the stairwell which is the common thread between each function, providing mixed program areas.



front facade facing the elementary school parkimage © nacasa and partners



stone masonry and wood entranceimage © nacasa and partners



entry and semi-elevated extra bedroomimage © nacasa and partners



bedroom and yellow heater within a neutral grey metal structureimage © nacasa and partners



winding staircaseimage © nacasa and partners



view from the bottom of the stairsimage © nacasa and partners



bedroom with kitchen a half floor higherimage © nacasa and partners



bedroomimage © nacasa and partners



kitchen and diningimage © nacasa and partners



kitchen counterimage © nacasa and partners



living room on the third floorimage © nacasa and partners



living room and terraceimage © nacasa and partners



image © nacasa and partners



image © nacasa and partners



(left) consecutive windows open views to the exterior(right) bathroomimage © nacasa and partners



image © nacasa and partners



image © nacasa and partners



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overlap of spaces



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organization of spaces






project info:



construction: mizuho, nagoyatype: residentialtotal area: 77.86 m2built area: 43.81 m2

  • I like traveling through this home. The heating system is very cool.
    Is there a recirculating system to bring the warmer air at top down to the colder air below?
    Nice exposed structural steel. Cleanly executed.
    The beautiful dark wood used on the ceiling,
    I would prefer to see on the floor, with the lighter wood on the ceiling.
    The built area must mean, 43.81 m2 x3…

    Dan says:
  • Now I get it.
    The built area is the foot print, not the floor area.

    Dan says:

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