House on a hill

House on a hill

Housing
Kobe City, Japan

House on a hill

Junya Toda Architect & Associates as Architects

This house is built in a development on a hill in Kobe. This triangular site is created by combining existing two lots. The area forms gently inclined landscape. New houses line up on the northern hill, looking down the site. On the contrary, views of the Osaka bay spreads widely in the southern direction, thanks to the 30 degree slant going down for 30 meters.


Considering the surrounding environment, we chose concrete and glass as the materials for outside membranes. The concrete wall on the north blocks eyes from above, whereas the glass curtain wall facing the south enhance the openness of the inside space. The concrete wall is bent along the intersecting front streets, and the glass wall sections triangular terrace which is similar to the shape of the site. These elements form the boomerang-shaped building.


Inside of the house, repeating gate-shaped steel frames construct linear space. Sunlight through roof windows along the concrete wall and scenery in the south make one want to lounge about the house. Translucent partitions inserted in the flow let through light and increase the depth of this linear space.


As for the facility layouts, the living/dining space occupies the center of the house. Then, the bedroom lies next to the eastern end of the living/dining room, whereas the utility rooms sit in the western end. Fixed partitions are eagerly avoided to deal with ever-changing life styles of the owner. The basement lies beneath the bedroom, and the resident can switch where to sleep according to the season. The gallery occupies the western tip of the house, keeping the possibility of usage.

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