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Niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier

By Eric Meunier


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Osaka-based studio Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier has completed the designed the Niu project in May 2012.

This 963 square foot wooden home located in Ikoma, a city located in the north-west end of Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier:

“The site is located at the very end of the residential section developed in the 1970s in Nara, Japan. There are homogeneous prefabricated houses in one side, and ancient Japanese-styled houses and rich nature spread in another side. It is the typical site of Nara. We planned a new residence for young husband and wife.

First, We classified various spaces into two . The opened space with free usage , such as the living, the dining room, kitchen, and loft, was unified by a white volume. The closed space with specific functions, such as soundproof studio, a bathroom, a utility room, and a bedroom, was unified by a black volume.

Second, We put the black volume to the road side, The white volume was set some distance back from it.

Third, by combining two volumes, the residence could have a small courtyard and was able to gain a wind, light, and a view.”

First Level


Second Level




Photos by: Yohei Sasakura

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Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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