House H
by Mattch

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Japanese studio Mattch has completed a family house in Nagoya with a sweeping facade that stretches out towards the corner of its plot (+ slideshow).

While the rear and side walls of House H are straight, Mattch designed the roof of the building as an irregular gable that curves up then down as it runs along the length of the building.

House H by Mattch

"I let the form of the ceiling curve gently to diffuse the light that enters through the slit-shaped top light on the north side of the ridge," said architect Ryuji Takenaka.

House H by Mattch

The curved elevation frames the outline of a patio at the entrance, while a row of timber rods screens a sheltered deck that could be used for storing bins or bicycles.

House H by Mattch

Glass walls slide back to connect the patio with the interior, where a kitchen, living room and dining room occupy one double-height space at the front of the building.

House H by Mattch

A traditional Japanese room filled with Tatami mats is also located in this space but can be partitioned off when necessary behind folding translucent screens.

House H by Mattch

A mezzanine floor is positioned above the bedroom and bathrooms to provide a multi-purpose room at the rear of the home.

House H by Mattch

The owner of the residence works for a paint company, so the interior was decorated using white paint he supplied. "[He] wanted to make a showroom for visitors," explained Takenaka.

House H by Mattch

Wooden flooring runs through each room, while exposed wooden columns provide extra support for the concealed steel framework.

House H by Mattch

House H is one of many projects we've published that are named after letters of the alphabet and you can see more by catching up with our A-Zdvent calendar, which is counting down one house every day until Christmas.

House H by Mattch

Other Japanese homes we've featured recently include one that generates all its own energy and heating.

House H by Mattch

See more houses in Japan »

House H by Mattch

Photography is by Nacasa & Partners.

House H by Mattch

Above: ground floor plan - click above for larger image

House H by Mattch

Above: first floor plan - click above for larger image

  • almost…

    I would have worked a little bit with the exterior spaces – a pitty not to do so. But anyway, a nice concept for life.

  • Sam

    Unfortunate timing/naming with the whole advent calendar programme!

  • jeremy

    I always wonder how the Japanese teach their kids so that they never fall off the railings?

  • harry wong

    Nice but importantly, is it good to put the empty railings in a house inhabited by a family with two infants?