Japanese architectural studio Yoshichika Takagi has completed the House I located in Akita City, Japan.
Composed of a series of open and closed boxes, the 1,076 square-foot single family residence sits in the midst of a parking lot surrounded by large commercial buildings.
House I by Yoshichika Takagi:
“This is a small residential house in Akita Prefecture.
The site is in the centre of Akita City where urban functions are situated. Despite its urban location, this is a special place as it is surrounded by car parks. Considering that the space is exposed to public eyes in all four directions, it is essential to sustain the elements of privacy, but at the same time, our aim is to drop frontality from its façade.
In order to keep privacy, it is sensible to keep the rooms within the enclosure, and it also helps with the indoor environment in the northern climate. However, enclosure would give a closed feeling, hence the task is to find a way to layout spaces that are closed enough to keep privacy and would also at the same time give an extensive feeling to the space outside.
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