House in Kyobate
by Naoko Horibe

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House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

This family house by architect Naoko Horibe features a traditional Japanese-style room with tatami mats inside a protruding, timber-clad mezzanine.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

The washitsu (Japanese-style room) is a common feature in modern Japanese houses but in this h0use, rather than linking to the yōshitsu (Western-style rooms) via sliding shōji screens, it features internal windows offering views of the living areas below and children's bedrooms above.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Externally, the projecting tatami rood is clad in timber. The house is in Kyobate, a suburb in Nara Prefecture close to Osaka.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Washitsu have featured in a few buildings we've published on Dezeen, including a tea house on stilts and a house with three layers of walls and ceilings.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

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House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Photography is by Eiji Tomita.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Here's some extra details from Naoko Horibe:


House in Kyobate

This home for a family with young children centers around a Japanese-style mezzanine with tatami flooring.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Extending out into the first floor living/dining/kitchen area, and with a view of both that room and the second floor children's rooms, the mezzanine serves to link the various spaces within the home.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

It also accents the building's exterior, pushing out beyond the rest of the facade.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

From the central mezzanine to the linked children's rooms and the living/dining/kitchen area with its vertical void, this home offers a diversity of living spaces that come together to provide a fun and stimulating environment for the residents.

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Design to completion: March 2011-August 2011
Location: Nara-Shi, NARA

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Primary usage: Residence
Structure: wooden construction, two stories above ground
Family structure: Couple with two children

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Site area: 165.34 m2
Building area: 52.17 m2

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Total floor space: 93.58 m2
Architect: Naoko Horibe

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

First floor:
1. Entrance
2. shoe closet
3. Living room & Dining room
4. Kitchen
5. Lavatory
6. Washroom
7. Bathroom
8. Drying place
9. Parking space

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

Second floor
10. Tatami room
11. Child's bedroom
12. Master bedroom

House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe

  • http://www.walnutgreydesign.com/ Mr Walnut Grey

    I really do have a penchant for modern Japanese houses of this style. Their pared back aesthetic offers a sanctuary of tranquility and calm in an otherwise chaotic urban reality.