9 October 2007

Hiroaki Ohtani - Kobe Layer House

Hiroaki Ohtani

Kobe Layer House


Continuing the last posts stripy theme, which is about all these houses have in common, despite the Japanese link. This is Hiroaki Ohtani solution to infill in Japan.

The house is made up of pre-cast concrete strips, stacked unevenly to allow stairs, furniture and floors to be inserted in the gaps.
It's tight, claustrophobic, yet entirely open. There are no internal doors, apart from the sliding doors to the toilet.

Passing the tree in the courtyard, that brings irregualar form to this oterwise linear exterior, you enter on a landing, where you can either traverse to the bedroom, or head downstairs to the basement where a formal dining room and bathroom are housed.
Climbing up you reach the living room and galley kitchen with a steep set of stairs taking you to the roof deck, of which half is a glazed panel to bathe the main stairwell with light. The front of the house is a larged glass panel to let more light into the house and the rear wall has smaller window striped by the precast concrete.

Although flawed in size and solar capabilities, both in terms of heating the house and getting light in, it still seems warm with the living room and its pot bellied fire.















via: Architectural Review

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This house should be cross-listed as the Architect's Own House -- which it is. Curiously enough, Ohtani does not actually own the site on which it stands: he merely leases the parcel.

matitaDaC said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

harish bhardwaj said...

Another example to testify... "Necessity leads to invention"...!