House A by Takeshi Hamada


House A by Takeshi Hamada

A stark concrete multi-purpose space occupies the ground floor of this house in Osaka by Japanese architect Takeshi Hamada.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

This sound-proofed studio/gallery space within the three storey House A is used for live music performances, art exhibitions and social gatherings.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

The two upper levels of the house contain the private living areas and feature exposed timber columns and beams, as well as natural lighting.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

Photography is by Yohei Sasakura.

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House A

Narrow house in downtown, low cost, live studio, mixed structure

Background, Atmosphere

The location is Abeno-ward Osaka, Japan. Though it is a superb location just 10 minutes from Tennoji Station, it is in the downtown streets filled with traditional emotion, there are traditional tenement houses, old houses and shops, just 1 block from the main street. I planned the house in the narrow vacant land for 56-square-meters in this area. The house is light and open, and the residents can enjoy their hobbies.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

Its owner, K families, those are a couple and one daughter, like music. Especially, their daughter, who is 27 years old, is a musician and received fifth winner in the recital. This family requested “Hobby Room, Live Studio” in their house that they can enjoy music. Sometimes, they will open mini concert with other band members and usually, they will use the room as an art gallery. And sometimes, they want to have a party with close friends by drinking. To maximize the locality with good access, that can create linkages between people through hobbies, such space was required.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

Architectural Plan

Use as a distribution, I planned the first floor for "Hobby Room (studio and gallery and bar, live) " and a few floors as a living space. For Live Studio, because high sound insulation is required, I used the RC sturucture for the first floor, and I considered soundproof for doors, sashs, ventilators, and among others. On the other hand, I tried to make cost down in total for the second and the third floor, by using simple space of Japanese traditional wooden structure.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

Facade Picture

RC Fair - faced with a facade of spraying material. Stainless steel bay window adds accents.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

The first floor, “Hobby Room”

To ensure maximum width of the building, the concrete formwork for the construction with adjacent separator and exterior insulation was used. As a result, interior walls and ceiling are fair - faced the decorative RC. For the floor, I adopted used scaffold boards of cedar wood. For the flexibility to cope with the internal scene, the lighting equipment and orientation can be adjusted to the light.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

The third floor, LDK
To achieve low cost, a few floor living space has a simple wooden structure and space. Especially, the third floor studio is a one room space with no joinery. By exposing the column and beam with bracing, the spatial and visual spread is ensured. The floor is solid wood used in unpainted pine. Since the change in color and luster through the years, they can enjoy the aging of the material.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

The Second Floor
There are daughter's and parents’ bedroom with bath, toilet and kitchen. Since it’s difficult to get enough light by approaching the neighbours, I used top lights and side lights to receive natural ligjhts as much as possible. The floor is solid wood used in unpainted pine.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

Live Scene
Once or twice a month, band friends of the owner gather to perform a concert. Live in the past, overcrowded by standing audience, ended in great success.

House A by Takeshi Hamada

House Name: "House A"
Location: Abeno-ward, Osaka, JAPAN
Construction: August 2010 - March 2011
Structure: First Floor - Reinforced Concrete, Second and Third Floor - Wooden Structure
Site Area: 59.34 sq m
Building Area: 45.82 sq m
Floor Area: 128.28 sq m; 1F (43.66 sq m) 2F (54.82 sq m) 3F (38.80 sq m)
Architect: Takeshi Hamada

House A by Takeshi Hamada

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  • Mac

    Overal a nice project, very Japanese but that hobby room has the appeal of batman's cave….

  • jerry

    is that the new contextual architecture? the japanese are starting to build bunkers?

  • This is bonkers, not a house.

  • Onelab

    Although nicely build, I think it would be a perfect set for the next Grudge movie

  • Wow! Really compact!

  • vlad

    what? no "poor kids growing up in that house!" comments yet?
    great project IMO!

  • e1027

    this is a very restricted site for a house, and an unusual program, an d i reckon it's well handled – semipublic / own door ground floor (not as bunker-like as the 1st photo suggests, when you see the 3rd shot) next floor up is sleeping, so quite introverted. then light 'n' airy top floor with big windows and a balcony! (not exactly beautiful mind, but i suspect that's not the point… and the route from ground up to top floor isn't q uite sweet)

  • I like that the program includes art gallery/performance room.

    Very clean.

  • Ummmm

    For the concerts and art exhibitions, they would better use a nearby bar… just an idea.

  • seth

    fckn chilling!

  • alessandro

    I like concrete, but given the first image, the first thing I thought of was "stark." That bottom floor is an oppressive looking space no matter how you look at it.

    But the house part? That's nice. Very livable. It's a very practical building in that the owners want to host exhibitions, but want to live there as well, so they use soundproofing materials very plainly. It's logical. Not amazing, but if it works, then it's a success.

  • Isaac

    For anything in this world I would spend a night in that house. Veeery depressing.

  • rock

    nicely worked compact solution
    i like the materiality

  • edward44

    Verrry interesting. But the concert room is gonna need some sound absorption panels or the folks there will bleed at the ears. Really all else first rate. But not for dweebs.

  • David

    Perfect for the new radioactive life style.

  • Rosana

    Lo compacto no tiene por que ser tan austero.

  • Rob

    Anyone who writes a negative comment regarding this property should be reading another website. This is great design – pause, listen and be educated. Well done.

  • I’m with Rob. It’s not that you should like everything that Dezeen posts but I think these readers would rather be visiting

    It does look like it needs at least some soft material on the roof so the sound doesn’t bounce too much, at least they used hardwood for the ground floor.

  • Rex Lombardi

    Maybe the walls can be seen as a kind of distortion instrument. Sheer concrete walls and music, acoustic nightmare!

  • Looks a little cold to me and in most places I miss daylight.