House in Imabari by Hayato Komatsu Architects
'house in imabari' by hayato komatsu architects in imabari, ehime, japan
all images courtesy hayato komatsu architects
Hiroshima-based practice hayato komatsu architects has designed the 'House in Imabari', a two-storey dwelling for a family of four in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. While the plot is not cramped by Japanese standards, the architects focused on providing pockets of ample outdoor space as well as a sense of privacy for the inhabitants.
Cubic in form, the free-standing structure's exterior is defined by a dark metal skin with vertically-running ridges. large openings mimicking the form of windows puncture the elevations, exposing glimpses of an outdoor garden space that still remains private from the street. this external wall acts as a fence-like structure that defines a buffer zone between the residence and the neighbourhood while delineating the form of the overall architecture.
views into south garden
(left) opening from street - (right) front garden
Featuring two gardens to the north and the south, the design ensures optimal natural lighting and cross ventilation for the space within. on the ground floor, the open kitchen, living and dining area sits in between the outdoor zones, benefiting from an atmosphere that is constantly and directly interacting with the gardens. the wet programs such as the washroom and bath are partially sunken into the foundation to overlap the volume of the north garden with the ceiling height of the living space, creating a chasm in which additional light can enter the interior.
view into interior
living and dining space
north garden with sunken in washroom unit
japanese style room by south garden
(right) view of communal area from stairs
(left) dining space at night - (right) north garden at night
entrance at night