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 of Shiroyama in kanagawa prefecture, japan by araki sasaki architects
June 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: araki sasaki architects
Charred wooden planks wrap the exterior of the ‘House in Shiroyama’ by Japanese practice Araki + Sasaki architects (A+Sa), differentiating it from its neighbors in the suburban area. The two-story wood-frame construction takes on the shape of a regular square, characterized on the inside by the exposed natural plywood textures and surfaces and open spaces that expose the true scale of the structure from the social areas on the ground floor. The pitched roof gently rises on each side equally until reaching a square skylight that forms a structural ring allowing natural light to illuminate the entire interior. The construction was approached from a DIY technique, using standard member sizes and connections to allow for easy future expansion and a rational structural grid. The knots of the plywood filled and polished with epoxy resin. The ground level contains the kitchen and dining areas on an elevated wooden platform, with a private bathroom and bedroom. The wooden beams that hold up the loft level floorboards are left uncovered allowing a direct visual connection. A staircase at the entrance connects to the partial second story that can be used as a living or working space.
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