urban architecture office: IWM house urban architecture office: IWM house
apr 23, 2012

urban architecture office: IWM house

‘IKM house’ by urban architecture office, osaka, japan all images courtesy of urban architecture office




in the urban district of osaka, japan, the ‘IKM house’ by japanese practice urban architecture office bridges the need for privacy within the densely developed area and the desire to visually connect with encompassing context. accessed through the main elevation’s ground level entries, inhabitants are given a discreet and private front door along with a garage door which may remain open as a porous portal between indoors and outdoors. a glass partition forms a temperature controlled workshop within the ground level space which overlooks the street’s activity.

(left) south elevation (right) front door and garage entry




rising to the first floor, a kitchen, dining and living area may access an open-air patio which is partially enclosed with an exterior wall, strategically screens unwanted views from adjacent structures and offers dwellers direct sunlight and framed outward views of details and elevations of neighboring buildings through openings of varied heights, sizes and directions. outdoor terraces continue to stack overhead, culminating with an uncovered ceiling plane and the sky.

view of work space from the garage




from the second floor interior, a platform made from an open grate metal sheet hosts laundry tasks with sight lines through the elevation’s voids to the street below. the third storey features a roof garden with a lounge area terminating with a catwalk which passes through the facade’s vertical plane, creating a quaint balcony to observe the distant rooftops and activity on terraces below.

view outside through the garage


interior view of living + dining room, kitchen and 2nd floor stairs


stairs from 1st floor to 2nd floor


interior view of terrace from living + dining room




interior view of terrace and openings


view of laundry terrace


view from 1st floor terrace to the laundry terrace


upward view of roof from terrace


(left) roof garden (right) at night


site plan


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


floor plan / level 2


floor plan / level 3





  • loveee~

    relena says:
  • Romantisch, die Fassade erinnert mich an Venedig, Bogenfenster. So kreativ! Kompliment! Ich wüsche den Bewohnern viel Freude im Sein.

    René Düsel says:
  • look fantastic!

    moku says:
  • cold but really nice

    charles says:
  • Not a fan of arches in this design, but love everything else about this structure.

    Mr Green says:

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