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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 at Matsubara, Setagaya ward, Tokyo by atelier HAKO architects

February 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: atelier HAKO architects

This house sits at the tiny corner lot, while facing the tree-lined ginkgo.

Around this dwelling area of the small city block and the narrow road, the human scale that offers friendly atmosphere to the pedestrian from the old days is kept, also thanks to the tree-lined ginkgo.

Façade; exterior view from the opposite side of the corner, with the tree-lined ginkgo, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

  • Architects: atelier HAKO architects (Yukinobu Nanashima + Tomomi Sano)
  • Project: House at Matsubara
  • Location: Setagaya ward, Tokyo
  • Photography: Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts
  • Completion: May 2011
  • Primary usage: private residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, three stories above ground
  • Clients: couple
  • Site area: 51.71 m2
  • Building area: 35.20 m2
  • Total floor area: 86.30 m2

Road side outer wall as the background for the pedestrian and the ginkgo, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

The house was built in close proximity to the road boundary so as to emphasize the corner lot, in order to offer the background façade for the pedestrian and the ginkgo and keep the human scale.

The internal areas that have the different ceiling heights in accordance with the function were stacked vertically in the main building that built near the corner of the site.

View from the stair; looking toward to main floor living area and ground floor garage , photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Partially the sanitary part was built in one story on the north of the site, in view of the fact that the height of the house could interfere with the sunlight to the neighbor.

Main floor living area; the horizontal window and the vista through that, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

On the main floor, the horizontal window of the living area was provided along the tree-lined ginkgo, resulting to offer the vista with unique floating feeling and the sense of intimacy with the town.

The floating stair converts the fluidity of the internal space from horizontal direction to vertical direction, by being set up at the end point of the horizontal window.

Main floor living area, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

The floating stair being set up at the end point of the horizontal window, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Upper floor bed room and the terrace, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

View from the floating stair; looking toward to ground floor sanitary area, photo © atelier HAKO architects

Sanitary area with the skylight in the one story building, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Kitten on the floating stair, photo © atelier HAKO architects

Framed view from the kitchen, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Exterior night view, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Ground floor plan, Image Courtesy © atelier HAKO architects

Upper floor plan, Image Courtesy © atelier HAKO architects

Section, Image Courtesy © atelier HAKO architects

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