Yamada house
Yuna Yagi

Yamada house

KUMA & ELSA as Architects

This project is as much about designing a streetscape, as it is about designing a building. 

photo_credit Shohei Kuma
Shohei Kuma

We are on a corner site, in a residential area where human life is at human scale: every time we visit, people are walking around and children use the streets as a playground.

photo_credit Yuna Yagi
Yuna Yagi

The project leaves most of the site open towards the intersection of the two streets. The black volume of the house is the "background" that outlines the open corner, and welcomes people in the form of an open book. An emerald-coloured hut stands in this front yard, like a folly in a park.

photo_credit Yuna Yagi
Yuna Yagi

The composition consists of various couples: the smooth black mortar of the outer wall and the rough crushed black basalt ground, the emerald entrance hut and a crape myrtle tree with white flowers, and in the interior, the window’s side wall and ceiling painted in matte finish and the side receiving light painted in gloss.

photo_credit Yuna Yagi
Yuna Yagi

As a sequence, the experience of the bright and open front yard contrasts with the shady entrance hut and corridors located in the centre of the house. On both ends of the plan, the space brightens up again in the main rooms. There, the two bedrooms, the dining kitchen, and the living room-all have windows overlooking the front yard, and an unobstructed view, since the building is set back from the street.

photo_credit Yuna Yagi
Yuna Yagi

Inside the house, two scales coexist: a 2.7m human-scale width and a 18.2m scaled-out length, on a bifurcated symmetrical plan. On the ground floor, two clusters of beams cross in the centre. On the first floor, two roof beams exist independently, but float on the same line.

photo_credit Shohei Kuma
Shohei Kuma

Team:

Architects: KUMA & ELSA

Project Team: Shohei Kuma, Elsa Escobedo, Keiichi Kato (studio PEACE sign)

Structural Engineering: Kenichi Inoue

Construction: Azuma Kensetu

Garden: Urata Garden Design Office

photo_credit Shohei Kuma
Shohei Kuma

Materials Used:

Furniture: Ritzwell

Fabric: PROPOSTA

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