Japanese studio Hidehiro Fukuda Architects have completed this house lined with oriented strand board in Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.
Called Duplex House in Tokito, the project was designed to house two families.
The two adjacent faceted rectangular structures are connected by a central corridor.
Little square windows are arranged irregularly.
See also: Double House by Tsuyoshi Kawata.
Photographs are by Hidehiro Fukuda.
Here's a bit of text from the architects:
duplex house in tokito
''duplex house in tokito'' was designed to function as both a two-family home and an atelier, in a quiet residential area in Hakodate City, Hokkaido.
''Paper crane'' was employed as our design concept, because we wanted to express the two generation’s long, happy life together. In Japan there is a tradition to give ''origami cranes'' to loved ones, wishing them a long life.
We allocated two layers of space on the park side, and one layer on the neighbor’s house side, leaving a narrow space in the center. This narrow interspace became a path which connects the entrance hall and the terrace.
Even though it was inside of the house, we chose the same materials as the house exterior for the walls, and a transparent material for the roof, so that the parents who have a difficulty going out the door could feel as if they were outside.
The space architecture is constructed in order to represent the same philosophy as the room appearance. At the area appearing like a bird, opening her wings, an atelier and the Buddhist altar rooms are settled.
Where the area looks like a bird resting, a living room and a bed room are settled. Structural design, done by Ryouzo Umezawa, is created only by the periphery. So, the partition wall can be placed freely.
The wall is entirely represented in white. All rooms are connected with white space and passages. Diagonal lines joining roofs represent orientation of the interior landscape transforming gradually.
Architects: Hidehiro Fukuda architects
Location: hakodate, hokkaido,japan
Project architect: Hidehiro Fukuda , Hajime Kagoshima
Structural engineer: Ryozo Umezawa
Project area: 152.28sqm
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