folded roof protects rain shelter house by y+M design office
photography by yohei sasakura / sasa no kurasha
all images courtesy of y+M design office

 

 

 

situated at the foot of mount daisen in the japanese city of yonago, y+M design office has completed a residence that protects its occupants from the large amount of precipitation that occurs throughout the year. the dwelling’s hilltop location means that is exposed to the elements, meaning that a giant folded roof canopy was required to protect the home from rain and snow, in addition to strong sunlight.

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situated at the top of a hill, the family residence is left exposed to the elements

 

 

 

the property, appropriately titled ‘rain shelter house’, caters for a family of five with clearly defined areas for each individual that result in an adequate provision of privacy and seclusion. volumes of various sizes are articulated around a communal courtyard which connects the scheme, while a separate bedroom for the wife’s older mother is also provided. the upper level contains the children’s sleeping accommodation, linked with a spiral staircase and an open terrace, which also leads to an elevated private study area.

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the property caters for a family of five, with clearly defined areas for each individual

y+M design office rain shelter house japan designboom
volumes of various sizes are articulated around a communal courtyard

y+M design office rain shelter house japan designboom
the view from the upper level of the design

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the folded steel roof canopy unifies the entirety of the dwelling

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a ladder leads to a small perch that overlooks the courtyard

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the upper level contains the children’s sleeping accommodation, linked with a timber staircase

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the kitchen at ground floor level

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detail of the giant folded canopy