Digged the house down into the plot to keep it in place.
It’s the fewest forunt to get both in bags and sacks when it comes to where to build and live. For those who want to be close to nature, often the city is a distance away, and vice versa if you prefer to live the city. But for this family in Nagoya City, Japan, there was just a wish to combine both nature and city that made them search the architects at D. IN. G Architects for help planning and building their new home.
When the clients came to D’s architects. IN. G Architects, it was not free of challenges to be tackled.
The site the family had bought was, to say the least, difficult, explains architect Akinori Yoshimura to the design and architecture site Dezeen.
– There was no room for much more than a car in the area of the building that lay flat. The rest of the plot slopes steeply downwards.
The architect went so far as comparing the slope with a cliff.
– It really describes the challenge we faced above with this home.
The architect explains that for this family in Nagoya this was – although the project posed great architectural challenges – the dream space.
They wanted a home where they could be close to nature at the same time as well as enjoying the view of the city they belong to, explains Yoshimura.
– On this site were all the opportunities available. We just had to find a way to get a house to work here.
Had to dig space
The very first architects did the plot was to dig out so much space inwardly into the mountain as they accommodated a large living room. This is sunk on the plot and is reached via a staircase from the entrance which faces the road behind the house.
– This was the first idea we came up with, in fact, Yoshimura explains to the site.
– We felt that this area corresponded well with the natural form of the plot and the mountain around, and would utilize the very best plot had to bid.
The architect explains that the goal was not to create a house that seemed to be built to hang on the cliff edge, but a home that naturally fits into nature and the surrounding environment.
Living space of 47 square feet
On the side of the house facing the road behind, the architects have dropped both windows and any kind of decor.
– Here was the point of having as neutral an entry as possible, explains architect Maki Yoshimura to archaeological site Arch Daily.
– The surprise was to be saved until you got inside the door and saw both the interior and not least the amazing view of the city below.
The view has first priority
It’s no doubt the most striking with the under 90m2 of the property, not only the unique location, but also the magnificent view. Some architects have made full use of dressing the entire back wall of the house by the glass.
– In this way, we were granted the family’s desire to both live backed up from the busy city, while at the same time they were close to the city, explains the architect.
If you put the house on a scaffold, it will be view
Being able to look beyond the urban landscape in this way is quite unique and is definitely what defines this property.
Modern interior and open plan living
According to the architects, the bathroom is the only room in the house that is separated by doors from the rest of the dwelling. The rest of the house enjoys open surfaces and few walls.
– From the ground floor you enter through the entrance door, you enter an open area that extends along the entire width of the house, explains Yoshimura.
– A metal staircase leads down to the area that is sunk into the plot and sliding doors open directly onto the terrace.
Currently, most of the activities in the house center on the submerged level of the home. Here you will find a living room, kitchen and other living areas.
The interior of the house reflects the sharp edges and tightens the outside exterior.
– Clean lines and a neutral color palette were also a wish from the client, Yoshimura explains about the essentially white, gray and black interior.
– In addition, the family wanted a home where they could largely define their use and way of life themselves.
This house is two meters wide
The past must largely be said to be a success.
– The open spaces and zones allow residents to move unharmed through the dwelling, explains the architect.
– Here usage can be defined by needs and intuition and not by physical walls and limitations.
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