‘house in keyaki’ by SNARK + OUVI, saitama, japanimage © ippei shinzawaall images courtesy of SNARK

 

 

 

the small town of honiyo-shi is about an hour and a half by car from downtown tokyo, a place that resembles many north american cities in that all of its citizens rely on private automobiles due to the lack of public transit. set back within the narrow corner site, the ‘house in keyaki’ by japanese studios SNARK and OUVI contains a parallel outdoor parking spot surrounded by a small garden that occupies the remaining plot.  three vertical strip windows located on the east, west, and south facades guarantee natural illumination throughout the interior at all times of day. triangular voids on the second storey floor plan, located right beneath the glazing, allows sunlight to penetrate into the ground level giving the residents a constant sense of the time of day through the changing qualities of light. the gaps in the floor also create a stronger visual connection between both stories creating a unified inner space, with a rooftop deck for a more private exterior setting.

SNARK + OUVI: house in keyakisouthern elevationimage © ippei shinzawa

SNARK + OUVI: house in keyakisolid northern elevation facing the neighbor’s propertyimage © ippei shinzawa

 

 

  SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki main living area image © ippei shinzawa

SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


void in the first floor ceiling creates a larger-feeling illuminated space
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


entry
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


operable shutter panel
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


upstairs living area
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


custom furniture
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


corner void
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


bathroom
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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


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SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


floor plan / level 0

SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


floor plan / level 1

SNARK + OUVI: house in keyaki


floor plan / level 2

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project info:

  

team: architects: sunao koase / snark (team: sunao koase, yu yamada) + shin yokoo / ouvistructural engineer: shin yokoo / ouvigeneral constructors: yasumatsu takken]photo: ippei shinzawa

location: honjyo city, saitama, japansite area: 132.24 square metresbuilt area: 55.54 square metresfloor area: 103.13 square metresnumber of floors: 2structure: wood

design: 2011.4-2012.3construction: 2012.3-2012.7