studio velocity: montblanc house studio velocity: montblanc house
apr 12, 2011

studio velocity: montblanc house

‘montblanc house’ by studio velocity all images courtesy studio velocity

okazaki-based practice studio velocity has completed ‘montblanc house’, a three-storey dwelling with a small salon in a quiet residential area of japan. enclosed by three neighbouring buildings, the design seeks to generate pockets of open space that maintain its privacy and views toward the mountains despite its tight site.

view from terrace

featuring a deep inclined roof, the house is playfully over-sized in its architectural elements, manipulating the scale of windows through large voids in the exterior shell. the openings – five in all –  establish a direct connection to the outside, providing abundant natural light and air, as well as views to the scenery. devoid of any glazing, the boundary between inside and outside is rendered ambiguous, creating unconventional outdoor space that is partially sheltered such as the roof terrace.

roof top space

with the interior volume set apart from the exterior shell, private moments are created in the interstitial space: on the ground floor, a small garden is accommodated next to the dining room; two outdoor terraces on the second level further integrates the living space with the exterior.

large void in exterior shell

outdoor spaces

view from roof

private garden

view of garden from kitchen and dining

general view

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

roof plan

section 1

section 2

section 3

  • It would be nice to see appropriate furniture in this space

    Johnnie Autard says:
  • I think that furniture is perfect!

    Giada says:
  • I just wonder how painful it would be to keep that white roof white and clean…

    Raf says:
  • Prefect adult dwelling. Loved it!

    Gaba says:
  • Delightful! Innovative and covers requirements more than adequately. Fun came to mind when I first viewed it d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • I think the paint factory in japan only manufactures white paint. Every architectural feature on design boom is generally white. Also great, fun and wonderfull, I wonder how frequently the outside spaces will get utilised. Creating

    g1nchy says:
  • This is a very rich house for a very tight space. It fully utilises the sloped roof, both for sunlight and for views/balconies. One of the diagrams even suggests passive cooling.

    Seattle Architect says:
  • i love that the upper roof terrace has a sloping floor, poetic!

    archi-sam.com says:
  • I like the roof terrace and double height living area. not sure why building code in Japan allows the roof terrace design without balustrades, which i think is important to the safety of users(children in the house).

    w says:

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