The site is located in the community where a rustic landscape stretches out. It is faced with a walking path with a row of cherry trees and a small stream. In the back runs a highway among the rustic scenery. We then made a goal to produce dialogues with the scenery in the architectural space which is built in such an environment as described above, and to meet the client’s request for a house where they can live a prosperous life.
▼项目远景，distanced view of the project ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼项目正立面，面朝道路和溪流，front facade of the project facing the path and the small stream ©Norihito Yamauchi
The exterior is composed of volumes based on carefully examined proportion, window layout, and materials. The overhanging cantilever which gives some impression to the exterior is effectively used as an eaves for an approach to the entrance or a parking lot.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼悬挑与入口，overhanging cantilever and entrance ©Norihito Yamauchi
The entrance hall with a low ceiling is a flexible space that can also be used for the client’s shop. The tranquil view and light from the limited opening area produce comfortableness which is unique to this space, inducing communication.
▼入口空间，entrance hall ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼面向道路的开窗，opening toward the path ©Norihito Yamauchi
The 2nd floor centers on the one-room living-dining connected with each space, providing a circulatory floor plan. In addition, a variety of ceiling heights allow the space to be recognized as a three-dimensional volume. I also placed an importance on producing light and opening. The light from the skylight at the staircase clearly highlights the step edges. It is also changed into various forms that are reflected onto a metal wall.
▼通往二层的楼梯，staircase connecting to the second floor ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼金属墙面形成丰富的光影，rich light and shadows on the metal wall ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼通透的餐厅和起居空间，dining and living space ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼厨房吧台，kitchen bar ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼餐厅，dining space ©Norihito Yamauchi
The living dining room with bright light has a coved ceiling which provides gradation of gentle light. The manipulated lights are introduced in the architectural space to characterize each room. The look of framed scenery and sky is produced with a furnished bench or dining table, transforming ordinary scenes into unusual ones.
▼餐桌与框景，framed scenery and the dining table ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼起居室长椅与框景，framed scenery and the bench in the living space ©Norihito Yamauchi
To live with the surrounding environment, it is important to clearly image what kind of scenes you will view and what you will spend your time on. By interpreting environment and introducing it in architecture, you will achieve new findings and fulfillment in the scenery which you have ever taken for granted.
▼夜景，night view ©Norihito Yamauchi
▼平面图，plans ©FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
▼立面图，elevations ©FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
▼剖面图，sections ©FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Architects : FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location : Shiga Japan
Client : Private
Site area : 141,52 ㎡
Total floor area : 121,34 ㎡
Photographs : Norihito Yamauchi