warehouse by shinichi ogawa and associates features a linear layout
warehouse by shinichi ogawa and associates features a linear layout warehouse by shinichi ogawa and associates features a linear layout
aug 20, 2010

warehouse by shinichi ogawa and associates features a linear layout

located in a suburb of hiroshima, japan, ‘warehouse’ by local architecture firm shinichi ogawa and associates is a single volume residence with an enclosed courtyard. distilled to its simplest form, the domestic programs of the house are arranged in a linear orientation in a ‘one room space’.

image by toshiyuki yano (also main image) / all images courtesy of shinichi ogawa and associates



to create loose boundaries and order to the open concept, the design incorporates subtle level changes in section: the ‘wet’ programs such as the kitchen and bathroom are stepped down from the living area, while the washitsu (japanese-style room) and office are placed half a level lower to the entry way.

image by toshiyuki yano



another key element to the formalization of space is the series of functional furniture arranged like a barcode throughout the length of the space. these free-standing wall units with built-in functions–closets, toilet, kitchen appliances–provide privacy for the bedroom while enclosing the study and japanese-style room. a mezzanine area is also created above, becoming an open play space for the kids.

image by toshiyuki yano



the expansive courtyard on the south side of the house is enclosed by a frosted glass fence. the interior is capable of opening up completely to the outside by a series of sliding doors.

image by toshiyuki yano

image by toshiyuki yano

image by toshiyuki yano

image by toshiyuki yano

image by toshiyuki yano

site plan

ground floor plan

upper level floor plan

longitudinal section

cross section

south elevation

west elevation


  • Love it! otsukare yasu, sho, takaaki, ishimoto!

    Laurent says:
  • in elegance

    conquer says:
  • beautiful, but i don’t get it… does it stay always open in some parts? those glass panels don’t completely close the environments…

    heavy rain should be a problem

    John says:
  • where do you bathe and shower? Everyone must share 1/2 a bathroom?

    cse says:
  • very nice… it should be great feeling to have living room outside 🙂

    small-buildings.com says:
  • The house can likely be closed to the outside, so rain probably isn’t much of an issue. Privacy is, though. It would be hard on parents if your kid could always look down on you as you sleep/make more kids. Maybe this is a sweet bachelor pad, but I don’t see this as a sustainable living situation for any kind of family.

    This is beautiful to look at, but I would have put the kids’ room at the other end of the building, and added doors and full height walls for bedrooms.

    Moving the living room to up top would be kind of cool, cause then you could see outside over the fence as you chill.

    koos42 says:
  • I must agree with the bedroom issue, but notihing else, I think that absence of walls going from floor to ceiling is key to this project.
    I’d rather suggest to change the bedrooms: upstairs main bedroom and ground floor kid’s bedroom. Done!

    Liguria says:
  • Uau, just like living in an open-space office, with all the booths and all.

    Lourenço says:
  • I love the height adjustments to differentiate the spaces. Subtle and clever.

    Agreed, the bedroom situation is a bit exposed. I’m not a fan of the bedroom opened to the rest of the house. I would probably switch some of the spaces and implement the bedroom into a separate cocoon area. There’s also no reason to have the kitchen concealed in between the walls

    Mic says:
  • Fantastic, as usual for Ogawa.
    Perfect for a 2+1 family (put the kid wherever you want, BUT not upstair…)

    Of course, you HAVE to adapt your lifestyle to this house ( better if you have already a minimalistic lifestyle…)

    I miss only the garage for a vintage Porsche 911….

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