suppose design office: house in hidaka suppose design office: house in hidaka
apr 12, 2011

suppose design office: house in hidaka

‘house in hidaka’ by suppose design office in saitama city, japan all images courtesy suppose design office photographer: toshiyuki yano

hiroshima-based atelier suppose design office has sent us images of their newest project ‘house in hidaka’, a two-storey private house in saitama city, japan. plugged into the natural topography of the site, the design seeks to establish a direct relationship between the land and the dwelling by having the surrounding hills extend out from mid-height of the living space.

exterior view

facade treatment

composed of two volumes stacked on top of one another, the ground floor is a transparent box wrapped in glazing on all its sides. hosting the public programs – entrance, kitchen, dining, and living – the space is tied to the panoramic view of the site. built-in components such as a long table, shelves, and a bar surface is incorporated into the built-up foundation of the house, which protects the partially-buried mass from the pressure of the soil.

interior view

the upper volume, which covers a larger area than the level below, features a more solid expression, wrapped in panels of grey-washed timber. it administers a circuit-like circulation route by arranging its rooms on the parameter of the floor. in order to maintain the linear sight line of the space, the centrally located bathroom is encased in glass. the second storey retains its continuity to the rest of the house through two large voids that overlook the space below.

view from the dining space

from the second level

overlooking the ground floor

second storey


night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section

project info:

principle use: private house site area: 451.13 m2 building area: 95.76 m2 total floor area: 138.05 m2 (1F: 54.27 m2 / 2F: 83.78m2) project architect: makoto tanijiri (suppose design office), kenji nawa (nawakenji-m) project team: suppose design office + nawakenji-m in charge: hiroshi yamagami structure: steel lighting: caravaggio opal P0 flooring: 1F: oak flooring / 2F: white ash flooring internal wall: diatomaceous earth, plaster finish ceiling: diatomaceous earth, plaster finish

  • Fabulous!

    Dr. Design says:
  • Not sure about the glazed bathroom!

    Alex P says:
  • This is surely going to be a movie set for Jim Carrey’s “The Truman Show Pt. II” isn’t it? . . . Seriously, love the shower head and some curtains around the base make for an interesting dwelling d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • What about of safety from earthquaqes?

    apsinthos says:

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