House of Integration by FORM/Kouichi Kimura


Japanese studio FORM/Kouichi Kimura have completed a house in Shiga, Japan, modelled on traditional folk houses.

Called House of Integration, the two-storey residence is arranged around a lobby on the ground floor.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are connected to this space while a staircase leads to the first-floor living room, kitchen and dining room.

More about Kouichi Kimura on Dezeen:

House of Depth (May 2009)
House of Diffusion (May 2009)
House of Inclusion (April 2009)
House of Vision (April 2009)

Photographs are by Takumi Ota.

The text below is from Kouichi Kimura:

House of integration

This is the house for a young couple and their child.

The client had a longing for the traditional Japanese folk dwellings, and desired to take advantage of the surrounding bountiful idyll in the new house.

We planned in the center of the first floor a spacious foyer that functions as a semi-exterior area.

This space, which evokes relation between the DOMA (dirt floor) and ZA (habitable space floor) often seen in the old Japanese folk dwellings, is connected with the couple’s bedroom, child room, bathroom, and stairway to the second floor.

It plays a role as the core of the flow line inside the house, and can be used in a variety of ways in accordance with the client’s needs.

The living room, dining room, and kitchen are laid out on the second floor.

We designed so that the line of sight is led by colors and lights when you go upstairs, to the idyllic scenery that spreads outside the opening.

The house, though it may be compact, integrates diversified and productive spaces produced by various materials and colors, in its minimal volume that blends in with the idyll.

Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga,Japan

Client: Private
Construction Year: 2010

Site Area: 166,21m2
Constructed Area: 116,06m2

Posted on Wednesday March 17th 2010 at 2:59 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • You’ve done it!

    The finished basement feel has now been extended to normal floors!

  • poster

    yeah, it is a pity they did not hire sejima…

  • The inside is masterfully proportioned and organized: pure zen; the outside is a horrific brutalistic blemish on any landscape.

  • gaque

    im with michael on this. the exterior is positively 1930s–i thought at first this was a renovation project somehow.

  • DO JAPANESE PEOPLE HATE SUNLIGHT? I'm only asking. The parade of concrete bomb shelters posing as fine Japanese architecture is alternately hilarious and deeply disturbing.

    • no-name

      Try looking at Sou Fujimoto.

  • ste

    windows are not good… not good

  • j

    Those elevation changes leading into the bedroom may frame the space well, but seem somewhat uncomfortable, especially considering how open the entrance is. Stubbed toes wa kawii ja arimasen.

  • Lenon

    Those Japanese really value their privacy even in the countryside.

    Nice minimalistic design.

  • ads

    The colour you see affect your state of mind. This greys and austere design is numbing the intellect.

  • angry catalan

    If you’re complaining about dark houses you should study your Frank Lloyd Wright better… I’m not comparing them (at all!) but it’s about the quality of the light. I don’t think this house is uncomfortable or depressing because of the light – however I’m not sure about the little steps that are all around the place. But I still like it.

  • Rob

    cells for everyone..

  • Chris

    never mind the windows, what about all the c@&p nailed to the walls.

  • ipm

    This is a very nice hospital indeed.
    A bit dark though…

  • Nerd

    I don’t know how they managed to make a place with so much red in it be so lacking in warmth. It all feels very sterile. I think it would look much better if the floor had some texture to it instead of being totally flat like the walls.

  • Konoswa

    I say wear pads from knees to ankle, be careful with fragile items being moved from place to place, don’t move burning acid, hot oil, hot water anywhere! With so many one-step levels, old folks wouldn’t stay a minute longer to visit, much less take a pee in the bathroom!

    When you’re through with the house, please turn it over to your local police authority for proper installation of bars and grills—that way they serve as annex to local prisons soon as they reach capacity.

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  • themark

    I’m with amsam… couldn’t have said it better myself. These frigid vanity projects that masquerade as family homes get so much attention, but are hardly habitable. They should photograph them after people try to shovel all their stuff into those tranquil zen-like spaces (with no storage to speak of).

  • simple and elegant. I see a natural conection between ocindental/oriental architecture in this project. Reminds of some germam modernists house of the 40’s.