House in Kamoshima
by Horibe Associates

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The arced profile of this charred wooden house by architects Horibe Associates is designed to resonate with the traditional temples and shrines of Yoshinogawa, Japan (+ slideshow).

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

Horibe Associates chose the bowed shape and dark external materials to help House in Kamoshima to integrate with the forms and colours of the local architecture and landscape.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

"With its simple arced shape echoing the shape of the property and its charred cedar exterior similar to that found throughout the neighbourhood, this residence blends seamlessly into its surroundings of peaceful rice fields, temples and shrines," said the architects.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

Charred cedar cladding cloaks the curving wall at the front of the timber-framed property.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

This plain facade is only interrupted by a doorway to one side and a small rectangular window in the middle, which looks into a bright central courtyard.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

The courtyard features stepped wood decking and can be accessed via patio doors from the main bedroom, the combined kitchen and living area, and a spare room.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

"The layout allows the residents to keep an eye on their small children no matter where in the house they are," the architects said.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe AssociatesHouse in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

The back of the building opens up to extra garden space through more large glass doors from the kitchen and tatami room.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

Most of the accommodation is on the ground floor, though a small staircase leads up to a roof terrace concealed behind the top of the curved facade.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

The latest projects we've published by Horibe Associates include a house with a sweeping peristyle around its entrance and a combined home and dog-grooming salon.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

A dazzling white home with a shallow reflecting pool and a residence with a garden that snakes between its cedar-clad walls are the most recent Japanese houses on Dezeen.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

Photos are by Kaori Ichikawa.

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates

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Drawings key:

1 - Entrance
2 - Living & Dining & Kitchen
3 - Tatami space
4 - Bedroom
5 - Storeroom
6 - Free space

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

7 - Walk-in closet
8 - Lavatory
9 - Washroom
10 - Bathroom
11 - Courtyard
12 - Car parking space

House in Kamoshima by Horibe Associates
Section - click for larger image
  • David Valinsky

    Aha, now that’s how you wrap a house around a courtyard and occupy a site to the best effect, although once again to my mind, there’s an excessive distance between the bedroom and the bathroom (and the closet) that leads to a strange overlapping of ‘public’ and private realms.

  • Macker

    The photographer needs to work on exposing photographs correctly, or combining exposures. They are all exposed to capture the sky, not the building.