yoshichika takagi: house l
yoshichika takagi: house l
mar 01, 2011

yoshichika takagi: house l

‘house l’ by yoshichika takagi, akita japan images courtesy of yoshichika takagi

japanese studio yoshichika takagi has completed house i, a single family residence  located in akita, japan. composed of a series of open and closed boxes, the unit aims  to gently balance the intersection of internal and external spaces. situated in the midst of a parking lot, the residence features layers of pierced facades that slowly unveil the main structure and life within it. thick walls circumscribe areas of the dwelling, producing porous areas between interior and exterior, public and private. designed to shelter but not visually enclose internal environments, the residence includes overlapping volumes that form sheltered courtyards and passageways that open inwards.

yoshichika takagi: house l transitional spaces between interior and exterior environments




a series of white boxes, each unique in height and program are grouped together, creating a structure with intricate depth and illusion of space. inside, rooms continuously unfold and expand, creating an open and vertically integrated living environment. platforms, bridges and small cubic forms interrupt the vast interior volume, adding a layer of complexity to the otherwise minimal space.

yoshichika takagi: house l large openings pierce the facade




large openings cut through the exterior walls, drawing natural light into the private home and exposing views of the city and industrial landscape that surrounds it.

yoshichika takagi: house l courtyard

yoshichika takagi: house l large openings in the courtyard allow natural light to reach the main dwelling behind it

yoshichika takagi: house l openings connect the protected residence to exterior spaces

yoshichika takagi: house l kitchen and living room

yoshichika takagi: house l main living space

yoshichika takagi: house l a loft hovers above the kitchen

yoshichika takagi: house l volumes extend into the vast interior space

yoshichika takagi: house l

yoshichika takagi: house l second level

yoshichika takagi: house l office

yoshichika takagi: house l exterior

yoshichika takagi: house l the residence sits within a parking lot

  • absurd!
    those handrails are criminal for a child!

  • Very beautiful, the use of light is amazing and refreshing! minimalistic this is a cross between landscaping and architecture and lets not leave out contemporary!

  • exquisite

  • Very well composed composition of spaces. Quite engaging as sculpture … Question: What are the construction methods and materials?

  • Listless humans lounge in empty white box plonked on strange site. It must be Japan!


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