tomohiro hata: complex house in nagoya, japan
tomohiro hata: complex house in nagoya, japan tomohiro hata: complex house in nagoya, japan
oct 14, 2011

tomohiro hata: complex house in nagoya, japan

japanese architect tomohiro hata has recently completed ‘complex house’, a single family residence in nagoya, japan. inhabitants of this dwelling are offered unique sight lines through the voids created by a series of alternating pitched roofs. the exterior contains minimal penetrations at street level and is clad with metal sheets in standing seam fashion, a technique characterized by slightly overlapped parallel strips.

living room
image © toshiyuki yano (also main image)



an upper level corridor is positioned under the roof’s bottom chord, linking the bedrooms with the children’s playrooms. acting as a spine between each end of the house, the corridor borders two open air courtyards filled with plants and a patio. enclosed with square windows, unobstructed views through the spaces, from one interior room to the next.

dining room
image © toshiyuki yano

image © toshiyuki yano

children’s room
image © toshiyuki yano

children’s room
image © toshiyuki yano

image © toshiyuki yano

corridor to children’s room
image © toshiyuki yano

street view
image © toshiyuki yano

facade illuminated at night
image © toshiyuki yano

at night
image © toshiyuki yano



project info:


title: complex house
location: nagoya, japan
design: tomohiro hata architect and associates
construction year: 2011
photographs: toshiyuki yano
site area: 107.30 sqm
1f area: 54.43 sqm
2f area: 45.81 sqm
total area:100.24 sqm
structure: wooden


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  • I want to see floor plans. The photography is really interesting but also confusing. I like that it shows people in the house, compared to the sterility often shown by Japanese architecture photography.

    Larry says:
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