A small dark plot got the architects gave a very special architecture.
In Japan, one is known to live tight. There are many who are going to build and live in relatively small space, and it is not that large, beautiful plots grow on trees, especially not in the overpopulated cities.
When this young family, who was looking for a home-based home in the city of Yokohama, bought a small plot between large high-rise buildings and other urban buildings, the challenge was to exploit the plot and build a home that would both work and create well-being for a busy day.
For the family of four, who wanted a functional and child-friendly home, the solution came in the form of architects from renowned Takeshi Hosaka Architects.
After turning the case into drawing the family’s new house, they came up with an exciting solution that has attracted attention far beyond the country’s borders.
Put the house on the head
The small plot the house was to be built on gave rise to several architectural challenges for the architects.
The biggest problem was first and foremost that the plot itself was so small, explains architect Takeshi Hosaka to the site inHabitat.
– In addition to the limited size, the land is also enclosed between high-rise buildings, other urban buildings and infrastructure.
The family owned place is just a five-minute walk from the city’s main railway station, and is surrounded by residential buildings and high office buildings. The entire dwelling is therefore enclosed in a kind of valley between other buildings.
Natural daylight that was available was limited. But the architects quickly found a possible solution to the problem:
– The light that poured directly from the blue sky above the plot felt too important to just overlook, explains Hosaka.
The solution the architects came up with was to create a house where access to natural daylight was optimal.
On the small plot, the architects from Takeshi Hosaka Architects have created a smart, compact and functional home of 85 square meters for the family of four.
The architects quickly decided that they had to lower the house down the hill to get the best use of the plot. The ground floor of the house is therefore submerged to below the street level. Exterior stairs lead to a narrow garden in front of the dwelling, which creates a private and partially hidden entrance for residents.
Check the triangle house!
The most special grip the architects undertook was to draw the house completely without windows on any of the walls. But the house appears far from, like a dark bunker. Instead of regular windows, there are now 29 large skylights that allow daylight to escape into the much-featured home.
– The whole house, despite its limited size, has a sense of light and air, explains Takeshi Hosaka.
Together with its architects team, Hosaka designed 29 skylight windows now installed outside the flat roof. These filter the light into the housing through curved plexiglass plates on the inside.
– Now the light flows from the skylight windows, which is visible no matter where in the home you are. And all the rooms of the house are filled with soft natural light from the arched acrylic windows in the ceiling.
In addition, the architects built artificial white lights, hidden in the vaulted ceiling.
Convenient and Functional
– This is a home where the residents live under a natural light from the sky above, explains architect Takeshi Hosaka to the Designboom website..
The timber walls inside the house are completely out of windows. Four bedrooms and a small home office are centered around an open-plan living room.
This was how the loft apartment was a family residence
A table in the middle of this room has a glass plate reflecting the light coming into the house.
Small ladders lead up to two of the bedrooms on a messanine, which are both practical and additionally an exciting interior element for the family’s children.
High folding doors separate bedroom, bathroom and a small home office from the room.
The light changes the interior
– When entering the home, it is so bright that it is hard to imagine that the house is in practice hidden in a dark valley between other tall buildings, Hosaka explains..
How to make the most of your space
– We called the house Daylight House not only because of the daylight from the sun but also because of the quality of the light changing so much and is so beautiful in the way it changes during the day.
The roof and structure of plexiglass panels on the inside also helps regulate the environment inside the home.
Using the airspace between the plaque glass vaults and the ceiling itself, the air is manipulated so that the heat is released during the summer, while in winter the heat is trapped inside the cavity and acts as a buffer that creates a stable indoor temperature in the house.
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