Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Purpose of the Building: Single Family Residential
Structure of the Building: 2-Story Wooden Structure
Site Area: 379.58 m2
Building Area: 193.77 m2
Total Floor Area: 226.06 m2
Design: Yoshichika Takagi (Sekkei-Sha)
Construction: Daisuke Hasegawa (Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners)
Located in Sapporo-Japan, this wooden residence was designed by Japanese architect Yoshichika Takagi. Called House K, the interior is divided by a series of wooden structures with pitched roofs. The project forms platforms and mezzanines on top of the house-shaped rooms, which are arranged around a central kitchen.
This was on account of the client’s wishes, interweaving Space Between ‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ for this residential housing project, as they liked the village feeling of being surrounded by other residential houses, but the actual site was in the regular residential area surrounded by manufactured houses. Considering the cold climate in Hokkaido, it didn’t seem to be the most appropriate solution to make a wide open interior space as outdoors, yet, keeping the house shape on the exterior.
The given condition of making an open indoor space led directly to the idea of making house-shaped indoor rooms. If these house shapes were scattered, it would give a village-like view. After some trials, it seemed that a set of more than 3 house shapes would give a village feeling, which would potentially create a relationship between indoor and outdoor.