Gable House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

An adjacent busy road is screened from this house by Japanese firm FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects, hidden behind a wall suspended over the terrace edge to line up with the boundary wall.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Called Gable House, the project is located in Shiga, Japan.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Behind the shielding wall the terrace is open to the sky, and skylights within funnel light down into the living space.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Photographs are by Takumi Ota.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

The information that follows is from the architects:


Gable House

The site is faced with the heavily traveled arterial road. Living in such an environment, the client would like to have an open and tranquil space where you would not be conscious about surrounding lines of sight.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

The house was carefully designed to connect the exterior and interior - the concrete wall is built to interrupt lines of sights and noises from the road, and the hanging wall is also established in front of the opening.

The top and bottom of the hanging wall are opened.

Gable House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

The light that goes through the top opening is projected on the wall, and the reflected soft light is introduced into the room.

Gable House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

The bottom opening is designed to view the yard.

Gable House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

The two walls play a role in extending visual expansion into the inside of the house while protecting privacy.

Gable House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

The casing of the opening is raised a little from the floor. It is designed so that people spontaneously gather and stay around while sitting on or using it as a table.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

The vertical intense light from the top light in the living room, combined with the horizontal line of sight controlled by the two walls and the soft light reflected from the hanging wall, realizes the open and tranquil habitation space.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

The volume with the simple gable roof, which is determined for snow accumulation, incorporates the expanding inner space of the highly calculated design.

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga:Japan
Client: Private

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Construction Year: 2010

Site Area:165㎡

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

Constructed Area: 82m2

Gable House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects


See also:

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House of Reticence by
FORM/Kouichi Kimura
House of Resonance by
FORM/Kouichi Kimura
House of Spread by
FORM/Kouichi Kimura
  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    In Japan, it is very difficult to get sun light. coz so many buildings alound. But this project is very clever and so bright hose.

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    Leave it to Japanese architect to plunk a house down into any urban location, no matter how small or bleak, and create a living space that is an oasis of calm and beauty.

  • ying

    the space is too cold for me.

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    The visual connections between spaces in addition to the tucked away and lofted moments give a sense of playfulness to the space. The project is clean and well lit in the interior, which is a pleasant surprise after taking in the exterior

  • airborn

    Love the concept and execution. I am not Japanese but would feel at home here instantly.

  • John

    why do Japanese photographers always include electric power cables in their snaps? After manufacturing billions of cameras, you'd think they would have got the picture by now.

    • scott

      it's not easy to make a photo without power cables in japan, they're everywhere!

    • andy

      You mean, the picture that also shows the road in order to put the project into context and make a case for shutting out the views from the exterior? Why, indeed.

  • pumak

    very nice work, quality and elegant. a lot is squeezed out of 160m2! well done

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    Another good project from Japan, we start to get use to this, and it seems so natural…
    Also, about cables: there are not cables of any sort buried underground in Japan, this cause of the continuous earthquakes. The only way to get them out of the way is via Photoshop.

  • http://kathleenfaulkner.blogspot.com Kathleen

    This is a beautiful home. Someone previously used the word oasis in describing it and I agree. I could see this in any city.. or anywhere.

  • mark

    Simply beautiful and good to see that the living space is thought from the inside – which would probably make it very difficult for a real estate agent to sell it on location, location and location. And not to mention, a great view overlooking the ehm … highway.

    Yes, it is definitely an oasis of beauty and with a focus on the living space environment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001857394783 Thomas Washington

    The interiors of all these Japanese houses are incredibly yet the exteriors are so cold and forbidding. I wish there could be a better solution to how a design like this can fit in and contribute to the surrounding environment. The fortress feeling is not a place I would want to live.

  • Ammar taja

    Japanese Architects have this cold touch , at the same time you can see the creativity with the contrast between the positive and negative spaces , it's an art by it self , even though it makes you feel like a prison, but you can't deny it!

  • 1plus2minus3

    I really feel what the designers were going for in this design. It's has a very calm, zen feeling… on the inside. But what is the purpose of creating such a cold, soulless exterior? hmmmm…