suppose design office: house in tokushima suppose design office: house in tokushima
aug 12, 2011

suppose design office: house in tokushima

‘house in tokushima’ by suppose design office in itanogun, kitajimacho, tokushima, japan all images courtesy suppose design office image © toshiyuki yano

japanese practice suppose design office has sent us images of ‘house in tokushima’, a single storey private residence in itanogun, tokushima, japan. drawing from the shading effect caused by a collection of trees in a forest, the design translates this law of nature by creating a ceiling that filters in sunlight through gaps in the surface.

street elevation image © toshiyuki yano

pushed in from the street line to the south, the house sits low to the ground with a simple front facade. the centrally running core was left completely transparent along the length of the house, lending views directly through the residence to the other side of the plot. a flat roof generously extends over the house, which reads as a collection of boxes arranged closely on the ground floor.

view of living space from outside image © toshiyuki yano

individual programs that require a level of privacy – bedroom, tea room, atelier, washroom – are accommodated in separate box-like volumes which were then treated like trees within a forest. the roof extends from the rooms providing a shaded area over the interstitial space between. as a result, a network of gaps in the ceiling allows direct sunlight to enter the interior. though artificial and regularly shaped, inhabitants experience the trajectory of the day through natural means. the communal space situated in the centre benefits from a heightened sense of openness. 

interior view image © toshiyuki yano

dining and kitchen image © toshiyuki yano

charred timber surface of the rooms image © toshiyuki yano

light coming through the gaps in the ceiling image © toshiyuki yano

image © toshiyuki yano

internal window from bedroom image © toshiyuki yano

floor plan / level 0

longitudinal section

project info:

principal use: single family hose main structure: timber construction (subset structure: steel) site area: 498.40 m2 building area: 234.468 m2 total floor area: 194.49 m2

project team: makoto tanijiri, masahiro hasimoto structural engineer: ohno japan

  • really nice…japanese architecture, clever indeed!

    ela says:
  • really nice…japanese architecture, clever indeed!

    ela says:
  • beautiful!

    KD says:
  • Yes nice… but all these japanese houses are devoid of atmosphere, I think there is always a certain desolation.

    Dario says:
  • Really like the toggle switches on the wall.

    Would have been tempted to break the top sliding channel for the glazed door so it doesn’t run over the ceiling light voids, but instead jump the gap

    A bit of art and some mess is needed!

    Pg says:
  • peter zumthor vals reinterpreted as japanes house?

    michael says:
  • sorry it’s a copy of Vals of Zumthor. Check out his bath!

    Bath Vals says:
  • Nice interiors-
    Strange planning with lots of illogical (wasted)spaces and bathroom access from bed/dressingrooms only through kitchen /diningrm/ lounge —- strange……… clients/architects?

    wwwillem says:

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