House in Yamakawa
by Horibe Associates

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This kinked house in Japan by architects Horibe Associates has all its storage space along one edge to buffer sounds from a noisy road (+ slideshow).

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

"This home sits on a road that gets a surprising amount of traffic given how narrow it is," said Horibe Associates. "To minimise the noise from cars and to ensure privacy, [we] concentrated storage spaces along the side of the house facing the road and added a hallway as a further buffer shielding the main rooms."

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

Designed for a couple and their child in Tokushima Prefecture, the wooden structure is clad in horizontal strips of dark metal.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

The profile of the roof peaks at the kink, echoing the shapes of mountains in the distance.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

At the back, rooms have large windows that look out over the cherry blossom trees in the expansive garden.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

Bedrooms are located in the entrance wing, next to a opening that leads directly out to the back from the front door.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

Combined kitchen, living and dining space at the end of the house opens out onto a pointy terrace, screened from the road by timber trellis that continues the line of the roof.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

A timber lean-to sits at the other end of the house, stained the same colour as the wood front door.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

This is the fourth project we've featured by Horibe Associates in the last month. Others include a charred wooden house with an arced profile, a family residence fronted by a sweeping canopy and a combined home and dog salon.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

Other popular Japanese houses we've featured lately include a dazzling white abode with a shallow reflecting pool and a cedar-clad house with a garden that snakes between its rooms.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates

Photography is by Kaori Ichikawa.

House in Yamakawa by Horibe Associates
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  • http://www.debbielawson.com Debbie Lawson

    This is just a bit depressing really, isn’t it?