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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.

Beyond The Hill in Yokohama, Japan by Kazuhiko Kishimoto/acaa

 
December 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kazuhiko Kishimoto/acaa

A Gallery in the Center Creating Communications and Connecting the House and Community

The house stands on a site facing a narrow, steep slope. Across the street is a wood, which promises a pleasant view with fresh greenery in summer and crimson foliage in autumn. The client’s request was a residential house containing a small gallery and office.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: Kazuhiko Kishimoto/acaa
  • Project: Beyond The Hill
  • Location: Yokohama, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Ueda, Ryogo Utatsu
  • Date of Completion: January 2013
  • Principal Use: Residence, Office, Small gallery
  • Site Area: 132.47m2
  • Total Floor Area: 158.39m2 (66.32m2/1F, 79.00m2/2F, 13.07m2/garage,)
  • Structural Engineer: Takahiro Suwabe

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

The request suggested that the house must be open to the town community. My answer to the requirement was to build the house “afloat”. To be precise, the gallery is the only grounded room, which is surrounded by a breezy and sunny wood deck raised at about 1m. Round hollow on the deck floor accommodates a round bench, where people can sit and enjoy meals while watching over the wood view. The space may also serve as the external gallery.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

The wood deck, tilted towards the sloped road in front of the house, created a place where the internal and external areas of the house meet and interacts. The residential area and office can be approached via respective staircases. The internal space of the residential area consists of a dining kitchen on the right and facing the wood, and a floor on the left, surrounding the courtyard and spirally ascending.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

The dining kitchen has a wide counter table suitable for accommodating cooking classes the madam organizes, and the uneven floor provides various corners for different number of guests to sit down. In daily life, of course, the space serves as the family’s living room.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Ryogo Utatsu

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