The steel-clad upper floor of the two-storey House in Horinouchi cantilevers forward to create a small sheltered car parking space below.
This upper floor houses a bedroom, a kitchen/dining room and a living room, where two projecting windows integrate a narrow desk and a balcony.
A ladder leads up from this floor to a mezzanine loft.
A master bedroom and bathroom are located on the ground floor.
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Photography is by Hiroshi Tanigawa.
River side house / House in Horinouchi
This is a very small house built on the triangle site where the river and the road were crossed and made to the acute angle.
For the dead-end road, it became a plan in various regulations for obtaining special permission.
Residents are husband and wife and a little girl.
Although it was a novel site of a limited area, since a river was faced through a bank and a promenade, I would like to design various relations with the river.
The building is the form that cut an acute angle part on a triangle plan derived from the site. Furthermore,it got the maximum volume of hip roof of three planes in restriction of setback-line.
Although the level 0 floor was a private space, it limits for dividing with the curtain of a race in the door, stairs, storage, etc. except for a bathroom. It enabled it to feel a spread.
The level+1 floor is devided into small areas by structural narrow walls, being connected with one by the ridgeline of a roof. So there are different open feelings and the relations with the river each.
1. dining&kitchen / The west side space up the stairs is the largest planarly, and has high ceiling with a feeling of rise towards the roof top.
2. living / The central space is low ceilinged,and has full-opening windows on both sides as a balcony and the bay window that spreads outward with a feeling of floating
3. spare room / The east side space in the deepest is a form which is narrowed down to the direction of flow of the river, and is a space watching the light to insert earlier of the abyss.
4. loft / The space with two skylights is a space looking down at the river and looking up at the sky.
The limited volume snuggles up to the river, and I think that I was able to make various space that can live while looking for a favorite place to stay.
The reverse floor plan puts the main living space high enough to have a view over the raised walkway alongside the river channel.
The upper floor child’s bedroom is barely big enough for a bed but it does have access to the large mezzanine loft that could be used for sleeping.
Would you live in such a sweet home?