in bungotakada, a city located in japan’s ōita prefecture, yabashi architect & associates (YAA) has completed a timber house topped with a large gable roof. the brief called for a residence that featured bright and welcoming spaces, which encouraged communal family living. in order to ensure a sense of openness, the architects decided to forgo traditional enclosed rooms. instead, a mezzanine level was been inserted between the two primary storeys, with living spaces interspersed throughout the three levels.


all images by tetsuya yashiro / yashiro photo office

 

 

accessed beneath one of the building’s eaves, YAA’s design positions the primary living space at ground level, with a lounge, kitchen, and dining areas. stairs at the center of the home lead to the mezzanine level, which includes a balcony, closet, and tatami space. the uppermost storey contains the home’s sleeping quarters, with two bedrooms situated beneath the steeply pitched roof. the structure’s timber interior is left exposed throughout, with carefully positioned windows ensuring natural daylight and selected views.


the house is located in bungotakada, a city in japan’s ōita prefecture


primary living accommodation is found at ground level


in order to ensure a sense of openness, the architects decided to forego traditional rooms


a mezzanine level has been inserted between the two primary storeys


the mezzanine level includes a balcony, closet, and tatami space


carefully positioned openings ensure natural daylight and selected views


the uppermost storey contains the home’s sleeping quarters


the timber house is topped with a large gable roof


the brief called for a residence that featured bright and welcoming spaces


the approach to the suburban residence

 

 

project info:

 

location: bungotakada city, iota, japan
architect: tohru yabashi, takumi ueno / yabashi architect & associates

project year: 2017
design: tohru yabashi ,takumi ueno / yabashi architect & associates
structure: yuuki kuroiwa / kuroiwa structural engineers
site area: 256 sqm
built area: 81.99 sqm
1f area: 49.69 sqm
1.5f area: 16.57 sqm
2f area: 33.13 sqm
total floor area: 99.39 sqm
photography: tetsuya yashiro / yashiro photo office

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