Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga, Japan
Construction Year: 2019
Site Area: 141,52m2
Constructed Area: 121,34m2
Design: Kouichi Kimura
Photograph : Norihito Yamauchi
Kouichi Kimura, 1960 Born in Kusatsu City, Shiga prefecture, Japan 1991 Established FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects. “His works, mainly residences, are characterized by a poetic and functional minimalism in which a sense of openness and privacy is achieved through careful slicing and layering of wall elements, light and shadows, volumes and spaces.” – RICHARD MEIER
The site is located in the community where a rustic landscape stretches out. It is faced with a walking path with a row of cherry trees and a small stream. In the back runs a highway among the rustic scenery.
We then made a goal to produce dialogues with the scenery in the architectural space which is built in such an environment as described above and to meet the client’s request for a house where they can live a prosperous life. The exterior is composed of volumes based on carefully examined proportions, window layout, and materials.
The overhanging cantilever which gives some impression to the exterior is effectively used as an eave for an approach to the entrance or a parking lot. The entrance hall with a low ceiling is a flexible space that can also be used for the client’s shop. The tranquil view and light from the limited opening area produce comfortableness which is unique to this space, inducing communication.
The 2nd-floor centers on the one-room living-dining connected with each space, providing a circulatory floor plan. In addition, a variety of ceiling heights allow the space to be recognized as a three-dimensional volume. I also placed importance on producing light and opening.
The light from the skylight at the staircase clearly highlights the step edges. It is also changed into various forms that are reflected onto a metal wall. The living-dining room with bright light has a coved ceiling which provides gradation of gentle light.
The manipulated lights are introduced in the architectural space to characterize each room. The look of framed scenery and the sky is produced with a furnished bench or dining table, transforming ordinary scenes into unusual ones. To live with the surrounding environment, it is important to clearly imagine what kind of scenes you will view and what you will spend your time on.
By interpreting the environment and introducing it in architecture, you will achieve new findings and fulfillment in the scenery which you have never taken for granted.