sited on a street where japanese old traditional houses prevail, the family residence ‘house in sugie’ by horibe associates architect’s office merges with the surroundings maintaining the conventional shape of a local barn. for this project, the architects aimed to create a house which harmonizes with its context in both materiality and geometry.
the façade follows the design of old houses and warehouses remaining in the surrounding area
all photos by yohei sasakura
horibe’s house is in the hiraya (jp. imagination) style, composed of 3 consecutive kirizuma roofs — a traditional japenese roof consisting of two simple sides. through slits and apertures in it, blue skies are visible from the interior. white is the predominant color here, while natural materials, such as wood, compose the rest of the interiors.
the three gable façade echoes village fabrication
two gardens are generated from gaps in the house’s layout — one for tranquility and time with family; the other, for movement and hosting guests.
a festival ‘naginata matsuri’ is held once a year on the street
name: house in sugie
architects: horibe associates architect’s office
location: sugie-cho, moriyama-shi, shiga prefecture, japan
completion year: 2018
gross built area: 120.73 sqm
lead architect: naoko horibe
structure consultants: syunya takahashi – structural building research institute
photography: yohei sasakura
edited by: maria erman | designboom