House in Kanazawa

House in Kanazawa

Architect
Shota Nakanishi Architects
Location
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Shinkenchiku-Sha

House in Kanazawa

Shota Nakanishi Architects as Architects

This house is Highly Commended in the AR House Aword 2021 by The Architectural Review, and is designed by the Japanese architect Shota Nakanishi Architects and the structural architect Hirofumi Ohno.The site is a residential area in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, in the Hokuriku region.The Hokuriku region has the most rainy days of any region in Japan.

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By carefully designing the plan and some environment to suit the owner's lifestyle, while following the architectural structure and appearance of traditional Hokuriku architecture that makes the most of the natural environment, we aimed to create a house where people can live in contact with light, wind, and natural environmental sounds while staying indoors.

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Shinkenchiku-Sha

In the plan, the doma, which is a place for interaction with guests in traditional Hokuriku architecture, is reimagined as an indoor garden with a large roof that captures sunlight, allowing for open living even in bad weather and cold winters.

The direct light is adjusted for each season, cool in summer and warm in winter. The large roof allows a large amount of morning light to enter, creating a dynamic indoor scene.

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Shinkenchiku-Sha

As in traditional architecture, "doma" are separated by large fittings at interior and exterior, which can be adjusted to make the sound of wind and rain and the rumbling of thunder seem farther away than the visual distance, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful scenery of movement while sheltering from the wind and rain.

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Shinkenchiku-Sha

The architecture is built up in layers of many smaller thoughts, which are formulated with the aim of harmonising the whole environment, including people.

In response to the client's request for "a house that makes you want to go home," we proposed a house where the charming memories of each season and time are accumulated, and the charm of the place deepens with the passage of time.

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