House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

House in Horinouchi by Kota Mizuishi

This top-heavy house by Japanese architect Kota Mizuishi overlooks a river in west Tokyo.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

The steel-clad upper floor of the two-storey House in Horinouchi cantilevers forward to create a small sheltered car parking space below.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

This upper floor houses a bedroom, a kitchen/dining room and a living room, where two projecting windows integrate a narrow desk and a balcony.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

A ladder leads up from this floor to a mezzanine loft.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

A master bedroom and bathroom are located on the ground floor.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

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House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Photography is by Hiroshi Tanigawa.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Here's a little more text from Mizuishi:


River side house / House in Horinouchi

This is a very small house built on the triangle site where the river and the road were crossed and made to the acute angle.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

For the dead-end road, it became a plan in various regulations for obtaining special permission.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Residents are husband and wife and a little girl.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Although it was a novel site of a limited area, since a river was faced through a bank and a promenade, I would like to design various relations with the river.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

The building is the form that cut an acute angle part on a triangle plan derived from the site. Furthermore,it got the maximum volume of hip roof of three planes in restriction of setback-line.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Although the level 0 floor was a private space, it limits for dividing with the curtain of a race in the door, stairs, storage, etc. except for a bathroom. It enabled it to feel a spread.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

The level+1 floor is devided into small areas by structural narrow walls, being connected with one by the ridgeline of a roof. So there are different open feelings and the relations with the river each.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

That is

1. dining&kitchen / The west side space up the stairs is the largest planarly, and has high ceiling with a feeling of rise towards the roof top.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

2. living / The central space is low ceilinged,and has full-opening windows on both sides as a balcony and the bay window that spreads outward with a feeling of floating

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

3. spare room / The east side space in the deepest is a form which is narrowed down to the direction of flow of the river, and is a space watching the light to insert earlier of the abyss.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

4. loft / The space with two skylights is a space looking down at the river and looking up at the sky.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

The limited volume snuggles up to the river, and I think that I was able to make various space that can live while looking for a favorite place to stay.

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Project info:
Location: suginami,tokyo,japan

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Type: residential house
Architect: Kota Mizuishi / Mizuishi Architect Atelier

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Structural engineer: Kentaro Nagasaka
Lighting designer: Tatsuoki Nakajima

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Contractor: Hirano-Kensetu
Site area: 52.14m2

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Building area: 29.07 m2
Total floor area: 55.24 m2

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Structure: wood
Story: 2

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Build cost: 15,500,000 yen
Period: March,2010 - April,2011

House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier