‘house in seya’ by suppose design office in kanagawa, japan all images courtesy suppose design office

japanese practice suppose design office has completed ‘house in seya’, a multi-storey private residence for a florist in kanagawa, japan. exploring the notion of scale within architecture and nature, the house features an experimental space that is neither room nor garden and is intended to stand as an ‘incomplete’ design that will grow and change over time.

suppose design office: house in seya entrance

situated on a small site in a residential neighbourhood, it was the client’s wish to live in a house that could accommodate a variety of flowers and vegetations. by building an outer shell in the form of a large wood shed, the house encloses a double-height space to the front that becomes a buffer zone between the exterior and the interior. the ambiguous area lends a sense of scale to the present nature, incorporating its elements into the architecture itself.

suppose design office: house in seya interior view towards the dining room and kitchen

finished with a bed of broken rocks, the entrance of the house maintains a level of outdoor qualities into the space within the walls. the domestic programs of the house are accommodated in a two-storey volume that is set back and partially sunken into the foundation of the site, resulting in a private living quarter within the wood shed. on top, an open terrace/loft space overlooks the level below and gains a large amount of daylight through openings in the roof and street facade.

suppose design office: house in seya finish of the outer shell

suppose design office: house in seya view from the dining space

suppose design office: house in seya washroom on the terrace/loft level

suppose design office: house in seya bedroom

suppose design office: house in seya washroom at night

suppose design office: house in seya street view at night

suppose design office: house in seya floor plan / level 0

suppose design office: house in seya floor plan / level +1

suppose design office: house in seya floor plan / level +2

suppose design office: house in seya longitudinal section

suppose design office: house in seyacross section