House with Eaves and an Attic
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House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The huge tiled roof that wraps around this Tokyo house integrates arched windows and openings for tree branches.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

Designed by Japanese architects ON design, the house conceals two of its three storeys behind the overhanging roof, which also shelters a stretch of land around the building's perimeter.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

There are no windows on the low-ceilinged middle floor, as it is only used for storage.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The only bedroom is located on the ground level, while living rooms occupy the top floor.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

ON design also more recently completed a house split into two halves - take a look here.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

Photography is by Koichi Torimura.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

Here's some more information from the architects:


“House with Eaves and an Attic”

This is a house located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The characteristic of this area is the hilly landscape. The site is located on the top of the hill and half of the site is a cliff.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

There were many trees remained untouched on the cliff.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The clients request was to remain the trees to take over the memory of the site and to take into consider the sites from the mid rise building closely packed at the base of the cliff.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

So we decided to set the house on the flat part of the site which is approximately 4.5m×16m foot print. By building a big roof with almost the same inclination of the site we tried to control the sight. The space under the eaves protects the house from sights and lead ones eyes to the cliff.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

Small trees are taken into the interior by the eave and tall trees go through the halls of the roof.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The inclining roof creates an attic like space on the second floor.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The window on the roof shuts out sights from outside but gives a view of the trees. In the middle floor we did not create any windows and made it into a large storage space.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

The roof, which is like an extent of the cliff, gives uniqueness to the house.

House with Eaves and an Attic by ON design

Data
Site: Tokyo,Japan
Structure: Wood
Total floor: 2 floors
Site area: 182.25㎡
Building area: 58.18㎡
Total floor area: 84.84㎡
Architect: On design Partners
Osamu Nishida+Takanori Ineyama+Rie Yanai
Structural engineers: Structured Environment

  • shank

    looks like a cartoon. weirdly, i like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/user.liamboon Liam Boon

    With views through the tree canopies and the ladder like staircase, it must feel like you are living in a tree house… l like.

  • mik

    at a first glimpse looks a bit strange and eclectic
    Bit it is not..it is just and pretensious and silly

  • Airborn

    Strange but innovative project. The interior spaces are a bit narrow and devoid of a view. What I definitely don't like are the arched windows. They feel like cut-outs. I have seen those a few times in Japanese houses/interiors whereas they do not appear in the local vernacular style. A hang for the occidental?

    • i2hellfire

      really? an occidental vs oriental critique? tokyo is a modern city, and buildings within its envelope can take inspirations from a variety of styles. the design is whimsical and thoughtful. it doesn't need to be identified within any asinine east or west categorization.

  • Breadcrumbtrail

    Beautiful and uncompromising execution of a strong concept.

  • xtiaan

    everytime I see a post on japanese archeitecture it make me squee because its always something interesting.