House in Ishikiri / Tato Architects

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

Dark concrete walls form the center of this house in Ishikiri. A black archetypal house above it, a translucent lean-to roof, a white high flat roof and a silver box under it. Those totally different and inconsistent materials, colors and volumes are combined to form this house.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

The site is in a residential area developed around 1930, sloping to the west on a hillside of Mt. Ikoma, which overlooks the urban area of Osaka Plain. We observed the mosaic pattern of old and rebuilt houses that told a history of over eighty years.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

It was a challenge to find the proper co-ordination to the surroundings, as the site is 3.5m up from the road. This would cause that the house would look larger than its actual size. We proceeded with the design by making places step by step, searching an appropriate way of building the house that adapts to its environment.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

First, we made concrete walls with rough texture by using horizontally stacked lauan plywood strips as formwork to match with old masonry and concrete-block walls in the area. Then we covered these with a black archetypal house following the roof shape of houses in the neighborhood. After that, living space is made in the way as renovating interior space.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

The space for facilities to support the daily life such as a kitchen and a bathroom is made in between the concrete walls and the cliff-retaining wall behind the house, finished with a translucent lean-to roof and wooden windows and doors.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha
House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

On the road side, a thin flat roof representing a modern lifestyle covers the box made of steel plates commonly used for temporary enclosure at construction sites in Japan, pretending the atmosphere of ongoing construction sites.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

The design resulted in making places that are related to both “before” and “ after”. Living places are provided in space where different representations of time meet such as “concrete walls”, “an archetypal house”, “a retaining wall”, “a white flat roof” and “a box of steel plates”.

House in ishikiri, japan / tato architects
© ShinkenchikuSha

Rethinking the whole residential area from the way that this house exists would suggest us to rediscover potentials and richness of all elements and space among those with different histories in the area.

 

Project Details:

Location: Osaka, Japan
Type: Residential Houses
Site area: 233.32m2
Building area: 61.37m2
Total floor area: 99.38m2
Architects: Tato Architects
Principal designer: Yo Shimada
Photographs: ShinkenchikuSha

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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