Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
House in Kitasaya, Japan by Terminal 01 Architect
June 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Terminal 01
Japanese studio, terminal01 has designed ‘house in kitasaya’, a two storey family home located in Ehime prefecture, Japan. featuring a large central courtyard, the design facilitates natural daylight and visual connectivity throughout the interior space.
initiated by a desire for privacy, the project lacks windows at a convential height, opting for a clerestory-like opening near the ceiling of each room. principal living spaces are structured around a central void that penetrates the volume of the residence. on the east side, an outdoor terrace extends out from the central core, directly connection the mezzanine interior to the exterior. the open shaft further unifies and connects the two levels of the home, allowing sound and activity to filtrate throughout the dwelling.
inclined to the east, the skewed opening of the courtyard results in an asymmetrical pitched roof that creates irregular angles in the interior. concealed perimeter fluorescents are directed upwards to wash the white walls and ceiling with light, extending the sense and size of space.
House in Kitasaya was designed by Terminal01 for parents and there sons. This house is located in Ehime prefecture in Japan. When the project developed, the client requested a house which does not have too much opening to outside. They want their own private space, but they get uncomfortable without feeling each other’s presence So that, we design one large opening ” void” at the center of the house, which is the main space of the house This space is open up to the sky, so it is completely outside and does not have specific function.
However, this void brings the light to all the space in the house and parents who lives first floor can feel the life of their sons who are in second floor. An outdoor terrace extends out from the central core connect the mezzanine interior and the exterior directly.
We would like to design the house which family can feel the cycle of the seasons, weather, light, and so on, through this void space, even though there are few window on the facade.
The skewed opening of the courtyard results in an asymmetrical pitched roof that creates irregular angles in the interior. Concealed perimeter fluorescents are directed upwards to wash the white walls and ceiling with light, extending the sense and size of space.
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