worklounge 03 + OUVI: SHN
worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN
jul 27, 2011

worklounge 03 + OUVI: SHN

‘SHN’ by worklounge 03 and OUVI in nagoya, japan all images courtesy worklounge 03 image © shinjiro yamada




tokyo-based design practices worklounge 03- and OUVI have shared with us images of ‘SHN’, a two-storey private dwelling in a commuter’s suburb in nagoya city, japan. drawing from the nature of the site, the design seeks to create a series of interconnected spaces by arranging its interior layout in a way that resembles a necklace.

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN (left) street elevation (right) courtyard images © shinjiro yamada




during the designing process, the neighbourhood’s motions were mapped to interpret the natural, daily trajectory of the clients’ lives. located at the last train stop from the city, the area experiences varying density of crowds – heaviest at the station and thinner as the distance increases. observing this branching effect, the architects aimed to create the ideal commuter’s home by creating a ‘final stop’ which still maintained its flexibility and movement as a domestic space.

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN windows facing the courtyard image © shinjiro yamada




read as a cluster of rectangular volumes from the exterior, the interior fans out from a central outdoor courtyard. each room has a view of the courtyard and gains a large amount of natural sunlight. to promote a continuous flow of circulation, each program is folded inwards from the last, resulting in a series of small wings that span away from the center. the ceiling is left exposed to display unfinished wooden beams which create a rhythmic and holistic effect for the house.

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN interior view image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN from dining space image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN kitchen and staircase leading to the second level image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN (left) ceiling treatment (right) second-storey room images © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN ceiling image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN sunroom image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN elevated master bedroom image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN washroom image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN courtyard at night image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN night street view image © shinjiro yamada

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN schematic diagram

worklounge 03  + OUVI: SHN (left) floor plan / level 0 (right) floor plan / level +1

project info:

structure: wooden storeys: 2 site area: 167.92 m2 constructed area: 67.05 m2 floor area: 134.10 m2

design team / worklouge 03-: daisuke tofuku, hirommi takemori design team / ouvi: shin yokoo, yoshinori yasuda construction: takao sugimoto, kazushi kani, nobuchika kato / sugimotogumi co. ltd

  • Modern and heavy… but I like it!

    Dario says:
  • I love the Japanese architecture on designboom. I wish I knew if any firms working in the USA were doing similar work, with natural modernism (open spaces, simple color palettes, extensive use of wood.. ecetera)

    R says:
  • R:

    find a good architect and explain your objectives clearly and succinctly – you might be surprised

    disappointing results often have as much to do with the quality of the client as they do with the architect

    and keep in mind: US building codes sometimes preclude some of the possibilities found in architecture in other cultures (or even the codes and climatic variations of one state vs. another, ie: NY vs Calif.)

    dbkii says:
  • Another example of excellent Japanese design, where a holistic approach to their designs seems to work really well d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • wow this is good. very good. well done!

    ivan says:
  • wow this is good. very good. well done!

    ivan says:
  • can you give a video tour, it’s give more visibility and real feel about that architecture

    srithar says:
  • complimenti ai progettisti! credo piacerebbe a tutti abitare in una casa come questa, armoniosa, silenziosa, naturale, luminosa…solo il colore nero esterno mi sembra troppo “radical” e troppo diverso dalle abitazioni ogni caso un ottimo risultato!
    rocco fiumara

    mirroarte says:

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