Arboleda house by
Horibe Associates

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The clients for this small house in Tokushima, Japan, asked architect Naoko Horibe for a timber interior and an exterior that looks like a sports car.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

Naoko Horibe of Osaka studio Horibe Associates says she designed the house to "combine two completely opposing concepts in a single structure, without a sense of clashing."

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

"One was an exterior like a sports car; the second was a natural interior featuring wood," she said.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

A cloak of galvanised metal folds over the sides and roof of the structure, forming an asymmetric shape with a streamlined appearance.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

This layer of cladding overhangs both the front and rear of the building, creating a sheltered entrance and shading the house's windows.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

The interior centres around a combined living and dining area, which leads directly into every other room and removes the need for corridors.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

Timber roof joists are left exposed across the ceilings, plus the pitch of the roof creates a pair of triangular windows along the upper sections of the walls.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

The angled roof also allows space for a small loft, which the architect describes as a "special den" for the family's husband.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

A bedroom and traditional Japanese room run along one side of the house and are slightly elevated to create storage spaces underneath.

Arboleda by Horibe Associates

Photography is by Kaori Ichikawa.

Floor plan of Arboleda by Horibe Associates
Floor plan - click for larger image
Arboleda by Horibe Associates
Loft plan - click for larger image

Key to diagrams:

1.Approach
2.Entrance
3.Living, dining and kitchen
4.Food storage
5.Terrace
6.Japanese-style room
7.Bedroom
8.Walk-in closet
9.Lavatory
10.Washroom
11.Bathroom
12.Closet
13.Loft

Long section of Arboleda by Horibe Associates
Long section
Section of Arboleda by Horibe Associates
Cross section
West elevation of Arboleda by Horibe Associates
West elevation
South elevation of Arboleda by Horibe Associates
South elevation