Belly House by Tomohiro Hata

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Japanese architect Tomohiro Hata has completed a house in Kyoto, Japan, that has a three-storey wooden house hidden inside it.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Called Belly House, the project involved constructing the exterior according to strict local guidelines, then creating a three-storey wooden framework through its centre to further divide the space.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

This results in a double-height living room and study in the spaces between the inner and outer walls.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Here's some more information from Tomohiro Hata:


Belly House

This project is a house in KYOTO, JAPAN.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

There are many laws to restrict external shape , color, materials and volume.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

So the externals of the architecture is regimented in this area.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

We led the maximum "package" from the decided law, and inserted the volume like a large tree that free from the formal package.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

As a result, we achieved to create the informal free space to live while climbing up and down in the formal package.

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Belly House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates


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  • http://www.azure-usa.com Dan Shand

    Nice Concept

  • Gab Xiao

    she’s so beautiful!!!

  • http://www.lightfield.us Alexander

    killed space, killed trees, nice pictures

    • mm

      How does one build a house without killing trees? There aren’t really any more walls than an ordinary house if you look at the plans.

  • Kristen

    WE HAVE TO GO ROUND AND ROUND??? WOW..AND THE PATHWAY KINDA NARROW I THINK

  • http://www.tinyhousetalk.com Alex

    That’s a pretty cool design. I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s a little too roomy for me though. :D

  • http://netzfx.de Oliver

    fresh idea … like it!

  • I.P. Freely

    Naughty wood bothers me. Wait, I mean knotty wood. Boy, is my face red.

  • Crystal

    It’s nice, but I prefer Kalkin’s Bunny Lane re the house within a house concept. http://www.architectureandhygiene.com/bunnyLane/bunnyLane_main.html

  • Simren Virdee

    I want one! …..

  • dalstonrosi

    lovely concept and well executed

  • oliveg

    the pathway is indeed a little bit narrow but it’s nice overall

  • ThereseSenac

    So this is what it would be like if I lived inside a Russian doll…. Nice!

  • edward

    Anything goes in Japan it seems. Certainly different.

  • Obscurity

    Why do they have to publish relatively many architetural projects from Japan?

    The only reason I can think of is that houses for ordinary Japanese are small by the Western standards and for that very reason may set good examples for other countries afflicted with double burdens of urbanization and population growth.

  • Timothée

    Outside is less tempting than the interior but very interresting concept!

  • Silver

    Form fools around the regulations.. Clear concept addressing to the point the restrictions of the context.

  • mahtab

    its cool ! i realy like the idea of windows ! but i dont like the pointrys of the hall way . it was better if they where wider and curve.

  • http://janefranceslloyd.com NEOJane

    –CAUSES ONE TO CONTEMPLATE OR BE AWARE OF “INSIDE”–WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INSIDE. I LIKE IT! AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER, IT WOULD BE A FUN CHALLENGE TO DESIGN THE INTERIOR APPOINTMENTS.