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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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 Yoro, Gifu, Japan by Airhouse Design Office

 
May 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Airhouse Design Office

One of our client’s major requirements was for a living space where the presence of the family would always be felt. In response, we devised a single-roomed layout without columns that took advantage of the distinctive features of the existing warehouse. A large kitchen was installed to cater to the needs of the food-loving husband-and-wife couple. We then conceived the entire living space by taking the kitchen as a focal point, with a mix of various other activities and functions unfolding around it.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano 

  • Architects: Airhouse Design Office
  • Project: House in Yoro
  • Location: Gifu, Japan
  • Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
  • Date of Complication: May 2012
  • Principal Use: Private House
  • Structure: Steel Frame
  • Site area: 1027.34m2
  • Total Floor Area: 131.58m2

Living : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Within this single-roomed space, we also created a box-like structure with a loft bedroom for the children on top of it, and private quarters including a bedroom and bathroom inside it. In order to minimize heat loss within this massive space, a 100mm layer of urethane foam was added to the walls, floors and ceiling, while a combined heat and power device was installed in the living room to heat water and provide floor heating.

Kitchen : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

All openings were designed by making use of existing sash windows and doors, while glass panes were all given a double-glazing treatment to improve insulation. The façade of the building was left intact in an effort to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood, as well as due to cost considerations. The result was a comfortable, luxurious home that made effective use of existing features while also avoiding excessive expense.

Loft : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Loft : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Entrance : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Bedroom : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Kid’s Room : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Corridor : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Entrance : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Lavatory : Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Plan : Image courtesy Airhouse Design Office

Section : Image courtesy Airhouse Design Office

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