Japan   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Silver Winner

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Entrant Company

Po Haus

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Private

Sub-Category

Residential

This is a three-story house in a heart of the Tokyo, Japan. This area is dense and divided into small pieces of sites because of high value of real estate economically. The skin of this house covered mud-plastered wall improves crime prevention and protects private space toward public space, such as pedestrians and neighborhood. To avoiding the confining and uncomfortable living conditions of the city, we tried to extend our consciousness beyond the borders of this physically tiny site (97-square-meters). This project designs that the house has no strict borders between inside and outside in order to better coexistence nature with human together. By making openings towards those void spaces, the house can feel much more spacious than its floor area of 59-square-meters. The scent of soil, trees, leaves, gentle wind and the natural light that shines through the void space give the blessings of nature to a continuous space. The 5-meter tall Chonowski's hornbeam tree, 3.8-meter Japanese ash tree and plants give us a sense of the outdoors into the central space. As soon as one enters the house, one may feel as if they are still outside. One may also feel as if they are in a small secluded urban park. At the same time, the space feels internal and homely. This coexistence of exterior space within this interior space gives the house its unique atmosphere.

Credits

Lead Designer
Hideaki Yamada
Interior Coordinator
Takae Ishibashi
Designer
Kaoru Ishida
Photographer
Shunka Toyama
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