House in Naruto by
Horibe Associates

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Slender columns support a canopy that sweeps around the front of this family residence in Japan's Tokushima prefecture by Japanese firm Horibe Associates (+ slideshow).

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Horibe Associates raised the single-storey wooden House in Naruto off the ground on concrete foundations to protect it against flooding, a common issue in the neighbourhood.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

"The clients requested a design that dealt with the problem, as well as providing security, privacy, good natural light and air circulation, and a space that their children could run around in," said the architects.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Access to the chunky wooden front door is via steps around one side of the curved facade or a ramp from the other, both covered by the porch.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

The entrance leads through to a combined kitchen, dining and living room at the west side of the property, while bedrooms are positioned to the east.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Full-height sliding windows lead from these zones into a rectangular outdoor space.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

A single tree is planted in the middle of this central courtyard, which is decked with the same wooden slats that run throughout the house.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

"[We] proposed locating a large courtyard in the centre of the house that would let in light and air without sacrificing privacy," the architects added.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

The low window on the north wall leads into a play area with softer tatami flooring so the children can access the room directly from outside.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Storage space and a bathroom are accessed by a narrow corridor that buffers the ancillary rooms from communal space and completes the loop around the house.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Horibe Associates founder Naoko Horibe has also designed a house with a protruding, timber-clad mezzanine.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Popular Japanese houses we've posted recently include a family home that's only 2.7 metres wide and a white shed-like abode raised up on pilotis.

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates

Photography is by Kaori Ichikawa.

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Drawings key:

1. Entrance
2. Shoe closet
3. Dining & Kitchen
4. Living room
5. Japanese-style room
6. Lavatory & Washroom

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates
Floor plan - click for larger image

7. Room 1
8. Room 2
9. Free space
10. Room 3
11. Bathroom
12. Washroom

House in Naruto by Horibe Associates
Section - click for larger image

13. Walk-in closet
14. Courtyard
15. Approach
16. Car parking space

  • m.s..

    The beautiful union of modern and archetypal concepts. After some time, this is one of my favourite houses.

  • sam

    I see that they’ve gone with the “dead turf on an overly steep grass bank” look – a design classic.