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Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Here's a house in Osaka, Japan, by Yoshihara McKee Architects of New York and Tokyo.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Called Minamikawa House, the residence has a sloping lawn that rises from street level to meet the living areas, which are suspended over walkways beneath either side of the house.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Rooms on the lower floor are organised in wooden, glass and concrete volumes, while the upper floor that contains bedrooms and bathrooms is more enclosed.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

"The site is relatively bigger than many of the Japanese projects featured recently, and it afforded us the opportunity to play with landscape, changes in level, and a generally more intricate series of design moves," says Marcello Pacheco of Yoshihara McKee Architects.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

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Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

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Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

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Although designed to harmonize comfortably with the other residences in this typical suburban landscape, the Minamigawa house is a departure from traditional Japanese home design.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Unlike its neighbors each of which presents a bland façade to the street with a formally defined house and garden hidden behind it this home merges indoor and outdoor spaces into a unified whole.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

The garden climbs up from street level, penetrating the built form and pulling the eye beyond the structure's surface to a planted terrace overlooking the street.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

At the top of the incline, the primary living spaces within the open concrete and glass frame take advantage of the views to the garden and an adjacent park, while wood-clad boxes offer domestic warmth and privacy.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Flowing back and forth between house and garden, the design blurs the distinction between what is "inside" and what is "outside."

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

The third floor, with more enclosed rooms well above eye and street level, offers added privacy.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

Throughout, a palette of simple building materials enhances the unconventional design, while the balanced scale of all the elements contributes a quiet informality.

Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects
Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects
Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects
Minamikawa House by Yoshihara McKee Architects

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