House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01

House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01

TERMINAL 01 shared with us their project, the House in Kitasaya, that was completed in 2010. Built for parents and their sons, the project is located in Ehime prefecture, Japan. More texts and images from the architects follow the break.

House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01
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When the project developed, the client requested a house which does not have too much opening to outside. They want their own private space, but they get uncomfortable without feeling each other’s presence. So that, we design one large opening ” void” at the center of the house, which is the main space of the house. This space is open up to the sky, so it is completely outside and does not have specific function.

House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01
by TERMINAL01

However, this void brings the light to all the space in the house and parents who lives first floor can feel the life of their sons who are in second floor. An outdoor terrace extends out from the central core connect the mezzanine interior and the exterior directly. We would like to design the house which family can feel the cycle of the seasons, weather, light, and so on, through this void space, even though there are few window on the facade.

House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01
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The skewed opening of the courtyard results in an asymmetrical pitched roof that creates irregular angles in the interior. Concealed perimeter fluorescents are directed upwards to wash the white walls and ceiling with light, extending the sense and size of space.

House in Kitasaya, Japan / by TERMINAL01
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Infomation

Architects: TERMINAL01( Kei haraguchi + Keigo miki)
Location: Ehime, Japan
Project Architect: Kei haraguchi + Keigo miki + Miho Tsujioka
Principal use: Residential Housing
Structure: Wood structure, 2 stories
Structural Engineer: Etsuji Amano
General Contractor: Taniguchi
Site Area: 133.79 m2
Total Floor Area : 138.601 m2
Project Completion: 2010