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AMA House by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

By Eric Meunier


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Japanese studio Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates has recently completed the AMA House project, a single-story family house surrounded by rice fields and a network of main roadways.

This 925 square-foot contemporary residence is located in Aichi, a prefecture of Japan located in of the Chūbu region.



AMA House by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates:

“As the site is surrounded by rice fields, we planned “a small house” that the idyllic atmosphere and landscape.

The entire volume of the house was first divided into individual rooms, their each concept were finally linked together taking account of factors such as connection of garden and room, entrance of light, ventilation, flow line of daily activities, etc.

Also, to meet with the demand for a guest parking lot and family garden, we laid out the rooms across the site to secure two exterior spaces.

Each room has different volume, finish, and openings.

These differences were made to enhance deeper experience with elements by presenting more than one viewpoint on each element; for example, when the light enters from wide opening, it gives you different impression from the thin ray of light in a dark place.

When opening the door, these rooms become “One single room with connections”. Although, unlike a general single room, it can not get a view of whole room, one room is visually connected with some and also connected with others beyond by air.

Communication is prompted among the view-able rooms by the strong connection of visual element, and with the rooms out of sight by the senses other than visual sense. Subsequently, the light and wind streaming into a room, as well as the act and the sign of the family there are transmitted to the adjacent rooms, and are extended beyond.

The rooms expanded in the site functions as a house without being isolated functionally and spatially. The important thing is that the rooms are connected.

The “connection” is formed by the persons and nature, and is not limited within the structure and the diagram of architecture.

I think that the architecture is something that acts as a supplement of the “connected air”.

Photos by: Toshiyuki Yano
Source: Arthitectural, DesignBoom

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