no.555: KKC no.555: KKC
jan 23, 2012

no.555: KKC

‘KKC’ by no.555 in fukushima, japan all images courtesy no.555 image © torimura koichi

kanagawa-based architecture practice no.555 (tsuchida takuya) has shared with us images of ‘KKC’, an elevated single-level private dwelling in japan. located on a site surrounded by trees, the design maintains the presence of the garden by lifting the living space above the ground while providing a central alleyway that provides additional outdoor space for the children.

stairs leading up to entrance image © torimura koichi

situated next to the clients’ parents residence, the design focuses on establishing a level of communication as well as an open communal space for the family members. the sheltered area generated under the body of the house serves as a large multi-functional area for outdoor activities. read as a pair of linear volumes, the stilted dwelling features hide-away windows which establish a high level of privacy for the domestic space within.

street elevation – windows closed image © torimura koichi

street elevation – windows opened image © torimura koichi

outdoor space underneath the house image © torimura koichi

view from street image © torimura koichi

approach image © torimura koichi

separated by a spinal alley way which remains open to the element, the design defines the public programs (living, dining, kitchen) from the sleeping quarters. the strip of play area is finished with a subtly rolling topography and natural grass as a mini golf course for the children. flanked by floor-to-ceiling glazing, this spatial chasm provides great amount of natural daylight as well as visual communication between the volumes.

central alley way image © torimura koichi

mini-golf course image © torimura koichi

interior view image © torimura koichi

from kitchen image © torimura koichi

dining area image © torimura koichi

living space image © torimura koichi

view of alley way from bedroom image © torimura koichi

alley way at night image © torimura koichi

living room image © torimura koichi

image © torimura koichi

floor plan / level 0 (1) garage (2) outside table (3) storage (4) equipment

floor plan / level +1 (5) entrance (6) center alley (7) living / dining / kitchen (8) powder room (9) bathroom (10) master bedroom (11) children’s room (12) children’s room (13) guestroom (14) master bedroom (15) terrace

longitudinal section (1) center alley (2) garden (3) garage

cross section (1) living /dining / kitchen (2) bedroom

project info:

site area: 365.88 m2 building area: 198.25 floor area: 340.67 structural design: frameworks – akimoto megumi

  • who said architects can’t do interiors?

    Des Int says:
  • Someone should tell Japanese architects that it is OK to look “outside”….

    Ali Manco says:
  • The section shows this fine house’ real context is atop a steep slope, the view is “fetishised” by the single opening with balcony. This must be the architect’s house, I can’t see ghastly clients buying this one.

    efs says:
  • what\’s a \”ghastly client\”?

    what\’s wrong with \”fetishizing\” a view?

    must everything be \”normal\” and predictable?

    dbkii says:
  • This makes me salivate.

    OYOY says:
  • very gooooooood

    reza salehi says:
  • I love the concept.
    the light come from the heart of house.
    few windows outside.

    mrbbp says:
  • @Ali Manco. they seem to be O.K. with going outside. Maybe you should stop experiencing the outdoors through a window.

    k says:

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