House H

House H

onishimaki+hyakudayuki architects / o+h
Tokyo, Japan | View Map
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Private Houses
Kai Nakamura

This is a house designed for a couple in Tokyo. Since the site was surroundedby streets on its three sides, we thought about incorporating the remaining streetthat continues from the city into the house. The street twist around the house,transforming into an outdoors stairway, a greenhouse-like terrace, a gardenleading to the tea ceremony room, and continuing eventually to the rooftop. By wrapping the house with the street, we created a home that can be directlyentered from the outside through seven different entryways.


When a house has many entrance, it also becomes a house with many faces. For example, guests are invited to enter from a bright entrance close to the streetside, whereas if the residents were to come home alone, they would slip througha door between the walls in the back.


When a group of people arrive they wouldclimb the outdoor stairway to enter directly to the second-floor, using the largeterrace with a bench as a large entrance hall. If the guest room on the third-floor were to be rented out to a friend, the small garden facing the room will becomeits private entry. To enter the low-lit tea ceremony room, people would use thevery low and narrow entrance called nijiri-guchi across the rooftop garden.


Although it is only a single house, one approaches it differently depending onwhere they enter, as if they are accessing a completely different world. Besidethe outdoor approaches, there are other elements inside such as an elevator thatruns vertically through the floors, and stairway that passes between the narrowspaces.


When traveling through the house, the indoor and outdoor experiencesnaturally merge into one another. With daybeds, kitchen, and a table by thewindow, the house became a three-dimention, city-like home dispersed withmany places along its line of flow.


Material Used:

1. Roof-Concrete

2. Outer Wall-Cedar,Concrete

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