tato architects: house in yamasaki
tato architects: house in yamasaki tato architects: house in yamasaki
nov 15, 2012

tato architects: house in yamasaki

‘house in yamasaki’ by tato architects, hyogo, japanimage © ken’ichi suzukiall images courtesy of tato architects



designed for a single family with two children in the northern area of hyogo, japan, local firm tato architects have sent us images of a house they have completed that plays with micro-urbanization on a grey plinth. the entire footprint was sunken into the ground 760 millimeters, lowering the roof line and opening viewsto the surrounding mountains and landscape, but also creating a stable semi-subterranean level that uses the earth’s mass for natural insulation.the grey wooden platform houses the main living spaces, kitchen and bedrooms in a wooden frame structure that uses the same material for interior partitions and floor surface. large voids in the ceiling plane connect this open-plan area with three smaller versions of the archetypal house with spatially efficient ladders. two of the mini-dwellings resting on the base platform are similarly constructed of slender timber frames and clad in translucent corrugated polycarbonate panels. these volumes contain the bathroom and sun room in spaces that do not transmit direct sunlight but rather enjoy diffused illumination during the day and glow at night, in addition to acting as light wells and greenhouses for the space below. the third construct is a solid structure and contains a guest room. the canopy then becomes a common courtyard shared amongst each individual protrusion from the primary foundation, with extruded aluminum handrails and storage boxes and benches. the exterior is covered in long cement board panels and efficient insulation and vapor barrier.



smaller archetypal houses sitting on an inhabitable wooden baseimage © ken’ichi suzuki



transparencies glow at duskimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



windows can be used as doorways as the roof also becomes a terraceimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



rooftop terrace with integrated aluminum seatingimage © ken’ichi suzuki



interstitial spaces between mini-housesimage © ken’ichi suzuki



openings in the floor plane allow the user to step insideimage © ken’ichi suzuki



corrugated plastic panels create a shaded light boximage © ken’ichi suzuki



bathroomimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



ladders communicate the main living space to the upper housesimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



(left) office(right) dining roomimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



lower office spaceimage © ken’ichi suzuki



interior wooden partitionsimage © ken’ichi suzuki



main living spaceimage © ken’ichi suzuki



image © ken’ichi suzuki



construction of light-house



interior of house



assembly of corrugated translucent panels



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1















project info:



project name: house in yamasakilocation of site: hyogo japansite area: 231.72m2building area: 93.68m2total floor area: 119.11m2type of construction: woodenprogram: houseproject by: tato architectsprincipal designer: yo shimadadesign period : oct.2010 -aug. 2011construction period: oct.2011 -feb.2012

  • that sink is pretty cool, as are the levitationg stair treads

    dbkii says:
  • What is up with the concrete flooring inside the house?

    Andrew says:
  • whatś wrong with concrete flooring in a house?

    dbkii says:

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