House K by Takeshi Hamada

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House K by Takeshi Hamada

Beyond the arched entrance of this metal-clad house in Kadoma, Japan by architect Takeshi Hamada is a corner light well surrounded by windows and balconies.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Every room inside the three-storey House K faces this lightwell, with living and dining rooms on the first floor and bedrooms on the storey above.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

A staircase connecting each of the floors is positioned behind glass-panel walls at the centre of the house.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

This time last year Takeshi Hamada completed a house with a bare concrete gallery at its base - see it here.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Photography is by Yohei Sasakura.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

The text below is from the architect:


House K Concept

A small, starkly white cuboid house built for a modest budget in a crowded residential area.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Environs and site for construction

This relatively small-sized 20-tsubo (66 square meter) property is in Kadoma city in Osaka Prefecture, a short distance from the local railway station.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

The surrounding area was developed on a small scale several years previously for residential construction, and this was one of the remaining unsold lots.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

The neighboring buildings are typical three-storied residences, with very little open space between constructions.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

A daytime visitor to this cul-de-sac sees clusters of chattering housewives in the roadway outside the houses, and hears the sounds of children at play.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Construction design

I designed a simple white box consisting of three floors. A light well extends vertically through all three floors and the inner space is ranged around it.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Each of the rooms faces this light well, so while maintaining privacy from outside eyes, light floods the entire interior and there is a healthy air flow throughout.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

#First Floor

A spacious entranceway, bath-laundry space and multi-purpose room occupy this floor, and by converting the low-ceilinged space under the stairway into an arched tunnel, the constrictiveness is relieved and a sense of playfulness is created

House K by Takeshi Hamada

#Second Floor

The maximum possible floor space is a kitchen and living/dining room. The staircase was purposefully placed in the center and flanked by glass doors on both sides.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Opening and closing the doors tailors this flexible space, adjusting the volume for a variety of needs.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

This design allows a maximum of area to be utilized as one continuous space, even on a small plot of land, and the inner balcony and light well increase the airy flow effect.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

#Third Floor

On the top floor are two bedrooms and a large balcony. Each area is contained within the outer walls of the light well which form the box-like shape of the house, and create a gentle sense of security.

House K by Takeshi Hamada

House Name: “House K”
Location: Kadoma city, Osaka, JAPAN
Construction: September 2011 – January 2012
Structure: Wooden Structure

House K by Takeshi Hamada

Site Area: 65.27 sq m
Building Area: 38.68 sq m
Floor Area: 97.69 sq m 1F(30.01 sq m)2F(36.90 sq m)3F(30.78 sq m)

  • mindgame

    While this one looks like every other modern japanese white house it's somehow different and "smart". I like it!

  • Davo

    I like it too!

    what was the budget? including land?

    Well done!

  • Keith

    po-mo lives…

    • e1027

      if you're talking about the arch, don't be so quick to react, man! – that is a beauty..!

  • Matt

    Has anyone else noticed a random door that opens on to a drop? and in many of the photos there is a baby…

    • xtiaan

      OMG! the children, think of the children!!!
      this house also has sharp corners and glass, there will be red all over those impeccably designed white walls before junior makes it to kindy….
      (or alternatively just use one of those baby gates people use on stairs and doors, just a thought)

  • josh

    Well you can always just close that door. Unless you are going for a Darwin award…

    • Tom

      Surely then, said door becomes pointless and could just be a window instead?

      • e1027

        …or there could be a semi-trasparent floor over the car parking as a balcony for living and dining rooms…

      • josh

        It doesnt have to have a point.