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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 H in Chiba, Japan by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

 
June 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

This is a house for young couple and their child, located in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture. Matsudo City has a background that has developed as a residential area on the outskirts of Tokyo from the 1960s. This new house was planned rebuilding of the house which was built at that time. We seemed to have been asked to build a house as a new symbol in this place by a young family with the hope of the future. So we proposed the house as living symbol by utilizing actually a big roof and structural parts in their daily life rather than just imaginative symbol.

Outside view., Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Outside view, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

  • Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
  • Project: House H
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Fumihiko Ikemoto
  • Client: family
  • Site area: 161.82sqm
  • Building area: 64.02sqm(39.56%)
  • Gross floor area: 115.41sqm(71.31%)
  • Completion date: Dec 2012
  • Structure/Wood Flame: 2story
  • Maximum height: 7.96m
  • Design team: Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Sota Matsuura, Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Structure engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Contractor: Hirohashi Komuten Lo.,Ltd.
  • Design Period: 2011.07-2012.05
  • Completion Period: 2012.06-2012.11

Material(Finishing)

  • Exterior Finish: plastering mortar t=15~lithing spraying
  • Floor: 1st (Oak wooden floor)  2nd (linden plywood t=9.0~color stain)
  • Interior Wall: plasterboard t=12.5~emulsion paint
  • Ceiling: linden plywood t=4.0~color stain

Outside view.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Outside view, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

At first we placed a big roof in the site, and arranged the eight Y-shaped wooden frames in it. We planned to hook up second floors and loft floors to the frames at different level. Like a bunch of attic beams in traditional wooden architecture, Y-shaped frames made of bonded wood run through the entire house. Depending on the level and location of floorboards, the distance from big roof and other living space will be changed, the space of under the floorboards as well. Although whole house is just one space under big roof, it divided loosely with Y-shaped frames and floorboards. So people can feel each other staying at different places.

Outside view.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Outside view, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

We hope that the family uses the structure of house in their daily life and that the structure related to their daily life. For example people hanging pictures and figures from Y-shaped frames and marking height of child along his growth on it. And they will leave the trail of their life on the house like a well thumbed book.

Looking toward dining from entrance.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward dining from entrance, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

As for functional aspect, this house can be divided into two spaces according to spatial composition. One is a family space of the entire first floor. The other is private space   floated over the 1st floor. The family space is an integral space being arranged the kitchen on the middle in it. Here is for people spending together and taking a meal at the dining table, having a barbecue on the terrace, feeling relaxed in the living room. Second floor is personal space, it have the master bedroom, tatami space for visitors and children’s rooms.

Looking toward terrace from entrance.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward terrace from entrance, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

We planned flow line of the house, focusing around the kitchen. This is one of demands from the client. From the kitchen you can see the entire first floor and can feel visitors outside. And children always pass through the front of the kitchen counter when go to the private room. It makes children easy take of communication with parents.

Looking toward kitchen from terrace.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward kitchen from terrace, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

The Y-shape columns are composed with bonded woods 3.5inch. The connection parts of “Y” are fixed with ironmongery goods. The columns and 2nd floor beams are stuck with drift-pins. The finish of slabs all aspects are linden plywood painted oil color so that we designed 2nd floors and loft floors as plates. The wall and big roof are finished with same material continuously. It allows people feel the entire house as big one room.

Looking toward living.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward living, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking up wellhole from living.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking up wellhole from living, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward terrace and entrance from dining.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking toward terrace and entrance from dining, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from tatami space.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from tatami space, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View of Y-frame ,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View of Y-frame, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down from stair.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down from stair, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from bed room 1.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from bed room 1, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down kitchen from bed room 2.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down kitchen from bed room 2., Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from bed room 2.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View from bed room 2, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down terrace from bed room 2.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Looking down terrace from bed room 2, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

2F View from stair.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

2F View from stair, Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View of loft in bed room 2.,Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

View of loft in bed room 2., Image Courtesy © Fumihiko Ikemoto

Outside view.,Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

Outside view, Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

assemble Y-frame  Y-frame were assembled and supported by assembly jig before built up. The connection of three structure parts, column and diagonal beams, were fixed with connection hardware called home-connector.,Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

assemble Y-frame
Y-frame were assembled and supported by assembly jig before built up. The connection of three structure parts, column and diagonal beams, were fixed with connection hardware called home-connector, Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

fixed floor beams on Y-frame,Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

fixed floor beams on Y-frame, Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

painted plaster mortar on glass-net in addition on steel net to prevent cracks of wall and roof,Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

painted plaster mortar on glass-net in addition on steel net to prevent cracks of wall and roof, Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

every surface (floor, bottom and side) of 2nd floor slab are finished with same material , linden plywood,Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

every surface (floor, bottom and side) of 2nd floor slab are finished with same material , linden plywood, Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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