The architects had to think in a triangle when they were going to get a mini-house on this difficult site.
In big cities it is often cramped about the place. Many people will live in relatively small areas, and the need for smart, compact homes both inspires and challenges architects around the world.
Land utilization is increasingly extreme, and so-called infill housing, where new houses are routinely squeezed into plots between existing buildings, widely used in the world’s big cities such as New York, London and Copenhagen..
Now they also show up with increasing frequency even in “small” Oslo.
In Japan, according to the design and architecture site Freshome, the architects of Mizuishi Architect Atelier above the challenge of creating a functional family home in a small and in many ways unsuitable plot on the outskirts of the million city of Tokyo.
The result became a unique residence where the triangular plot has dictated the shape of the house.
The Riverside House is an architecturally impressive project from the architects of Mizuishi Architect Atelier.
The house, which was to be sliced on a narrow and difficult plot between a cul-de-sac and a river, is located in Suginami, one of the million cities of Tokyo’s suburbs.
The square, shaped like a triangle, measures only 50 square meters, and the challenge for the architects was to get a house on it that would work optimally for a family of three.
According to the architects, the particular site was subject to strict rules for what could be built and how the building could be found on the site.
The site the family had bought was located at the end of a lane, sandwiched between a river and a road, explains architect Kota Mizuishi at Mizuishi Architect Atelier to the Contemporist website..
– We would make the most of the area available to build on, as well as exploit what was taking advantage of the river view. Thus, the choice fell to completely shape the property after the plot.
The residents of the little house are a young couple with a child.
– Building the dwelling over three floors made it possible for us to create different zones, both for private and communal areas in the house. In addition, it was important to prioritize smart storage solutions as the house itself is only about 30 square meters, explains the architect.
The architects had been told by the owners that they wanted a home that had a natural flow between the rooms and, in spite of its limited size, had a sense of air and openness.
– We feel that both the design of the home and, not least, the interior reflects both the site, its location and, not least, the personality of the family in the best possible way, says architect Kota Mizuishi to the contemporary contemporaries.
The triangular housing naturally has an irregular shape, completely subjected to and adapted to the shape of the particular plot.
On the outside is built in panels in a metallic tan, which makes it both stand out in the surroundings and draws attention to its very special shape.
The ground floor has built a private room, while the living room’s common room is added to the second floor both to maximize the utilization of light and view. Windows runs alongside the building, and makes the housing appear bigger.
The kitchen is added to the part of the house facing west and benefits from both a lot of daylight and double ceilings. Here you can also enjoy the view upstairs on the next floor, a kind of loft room that can be reached by means of a ladder.
The rooms at the top of the house have multi-functional applications, and benefit from a lot of light flowing through large skylights.
The architects have effectively managed to create a home where living zones and rooms appear bigger and more open thanks to visual lines that run both longitudinally and across the building and lurk the eye to believe that the room is larger than that in the reality is.
– From the ceiling you can see both the sky and the river, which gives an exciting and beautiful contrast, explains Mizuishi.
Inside the house is painted completely white, which is also done with overlay to enhance the feeling of light and air in the little mini-house.
The furniture is also kept in a very simple and functional form, even the living room does not have soft stuffed furniture, but a built-in seat bench, a coffee table and a TV.
– The owners wanted a home that would inspire them to keep it tight and tidy, explains the architect who had the main responsibility for the project, Kota Mizuishi.
– Functional areas that are both separate but at the same time appear to be flowing between them.
Wood is used in interior decoration to create interest and warmth in the interior. Color clocks are used carefully with the same goal, giving the interior some life and contrasts.
The architects of Mizuishi Architect Atelier have created a small but very functional home for the little family. And in Japan, where property prices continually blow their own limits, the small house by the river must be said to be a good first step on the property path.
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