shogo aratani architect & associates: house in miyayamadai
shogo aratani architect & associates: house in miyayamadai shogo aratani architect & associates: house in miyayamadai
apr 29, 2011

shogo aratani architect & associates: house in miyayamadai

‘house in miyayamadai’ by shogo aratani architect & associates in osaka, japan all images courtesy shogo aratani architect & associates photographer: kaori ichikawa




japanese practice shogo aratani architect & associates has sent us images of ‘house in miyayamadai’, a three-level private house located in southern osaka, japan. located on a site which lays adjacent to a plum grove, the design takes full advantage of its ideal site by arranging its internal programs to gravitate towards a series of south-facing apertures.



south elevation




sitting on a sloping embankment, the slim house features an angled profile which leans over its footprint to provide shading as well as act as blinkers to funnel views out towards the landscape from the living spaces. the ground floor entrance opens up to a generously open circulation space which naturally leads occupants to the main staircase. featuring a leaning railing structure which tapers down to the basement level, the stairway acts as an architectural object within the house while sculpting the flow of the interior space.




(left) staircase from the basement (right) looking down from the second storey




the third level hosts the kitchen, living and dining room and is completed by a covered terrace to the south. largely lit by natural sunlight, the ceiling adopts a box-beam structure with slit-like skylights installed between the beams. the result is a visually-interesting treatment that provides uniform illumination throughout the length of the house.




ground floor looking back to the entrance hallway and staircase




views of the third level




kitchen and dining area



views of the plum grove from the top level



street elevation and driveway



floor plan / level -1



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level +1



longitudinal section



cross section




project info:


primary use: private house client: couple + 1 child consultant: S3 associates inc. general contractor: soken structural system: reinforced concrete site area: 159.84 m2 building area: 55.26 m2 total floor area: 116.69 m2

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