House F by
Ido Kenji

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A secluded balcony surrounded by timber protrudes from the clean white facade of this house in Osaka, Japan, by architect Ido Kenji (+ slideshow).

House F by Ido Kenji

The architect planned the three-storey house to cover two thirds of the site, allowing for a driveway in front and a small garden at the rear.

House F by Ido Kenji

"The client requested a garden on the south side of the site, so I decided to make the building three storeys to secure the required rooms," said Ido Kenji.

House F by Ido Kenji

There's no bedroom, but a traditional Japanese room on the ground floor provides a sleeping area that opens out to the garden.

House F by Ido Kenji

The living room occupies a double-height space on the middle floor and a study overlooks it from the level above.

House F by Ido Kenji

Pine is used for flooring, surfaces, doors and bookshelves throughout the house. "It's aimed as a quiet, soft space with the wood and the paint-finished walls," added Kenji.

House F by Ido Kenji

The frame of the house is also timber and structural beams are exposed around the edges of the rooms.

House F by Ido Kenji

Kitchen and bathrooms are located above the car port at the front of the building and lead out onto the balcony.

House F by Ido Kenji

The house was completed in 2010 but was not published at the time.

House F by Ido Kenji

Other houses we've featured from Japan include a house in Nagoya with a stretched facade and a house for an elderly couple in Sendai.

House F by Ido Kenji

See more Japanese houses on Dezeen »

House F by Ido Kenji

Photography is by Takumi Ota.

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: site plan

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: ground floor plan

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: first floor plan

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: second floor plan

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: long section

House F by Ido Kenji

Above: cross section

  • Archil

    Nice! I wish that the whole world would take example from Japan about building with wood and concrete mixed. Wood is very nice!

  • kolobok

    Very clean and very light. Super.

  • alex

    It's a beautiful house but where are the bedrooms?

    • http://twitter.com/yshr @yshr

      Probably, the owner of this house will sleep with futon bedding in the tatami room.

  • stv

    It’s Japan – they just roll out some futons at night time to sleep on.

  • archite

    It’s a mediocre house.

  • Clud

    I love modern Japanese houses!

  • http://www.eublebain.com Meuble bain

    Usually Japanese architects build beautiful homes. But I don’t like this one: the wood appears to be pine and is too bright with lot of knots.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I don’t believe this is a Japanese house. Dezeen doesn’t usually feature Japanese houses with safety features such as guardrails and handrails.

  • http://twitter.com/samueltludwig @samueltludwig

    For the comments about wood and concrete, I’d like to direct them to this house:

    http://www.samueltludwig.com/jose-oubrerie/

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    Good project. I appreciate Japanese minimalism. Things are going to change a bit when people move in; a good project anyway.