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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.

T-house in Chikushino, Japan by Architect Show Co.,Ltd

October 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architect Show Co.,Ltd

This was an existing residential lot with homes on the east, west, and south. Across the street to the north is a park. We began work on the design using the primary concept of harmonization with the park’s lush greenery. We tried to create a facade design that incorporated a lot of the park’s greenery, where local people gathered to relax.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

  • Architects: Architect Show Co.,Ltd
  • Project: T-house
  • Location: Chikushino, Japan
  • Photography: Toshihisa Ishii
  • Builder: Hinoboriconstruction Co.,Ltd.
  • District: Kyushu
  • Use: Residence
  • Site Area: 283.66
  • Bldg.Area: 147.08
  • Gross Floor Area: 199.85
  • Bldg.Coverage Ratio: 51.85
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 70.45
  • Bldg.scale: 2 stories above ground
  • Structure: Wooden
  • Max.Height: 7.723 m
  • Parking Lot: Three cars
  • Exterior Finish: Siding board,wood
  • Complete year: May,2009
  • Client: Mr.Tabata

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

We created a simple form that integrated the parking area with the structure. We chose a monotone for the exterior walls, but left the wood grain on the entrance portion. This allowed the surface to blend in with the greenery in front and the soaring sky. The result is a home with a calm appearance among the trees when viewed from the park.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

The residents were a three-member family: father, mother, and child. The house with a light court was designed incorporating the consideration that the family would have more children, and that one of them would live there in the future after starting a family of their own. From overhead, the residential area looked like a large box. We cut away the center area to provide a sense of openness, and the design incorporated a great deal of light and air in each living space. This created the sense of a circuit. If two households were to share the home in the future, the light court would preserve the privacy of the adults of different generations, yet would be a community space that links the two generations.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

A box-type house protects the family’s privacy, and has a structure that is closed to the outside in consideration of crime prevention. The light court provides a sense of openness from the interior, allowing a sense of comfort in the living room and dining room with good illumination and ventilation.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

For residential design, it is necessary to consider changes in lifestyle and the environment, as well as incorporate a future design for tearing down and rebuilding. Therefore, we improved the stiffness by combining the 2×4 and 2×6 construction methods for the conventional framework. The wood material is both environmentally friendly and enables a free and bold design not found in conventional framing methods.

Image Courtesy © Architect Show Co.,Ltd

Image Courtesy © Architect Show Co.,Ltd

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