• EachHouse

  • EachHouse

    Each House

    The house is for a family of a couple and two children in a peaceful residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo where fields remain in the surrounding area. The northwest side of the site borders the owner's parents' house, and the design process began by considering the relationship with this adjacent house. The client did not want to be directly facing each other but wanted to be moderately connected to each other.

    We divided the site into long, narrow strips of area, giving each a role, form, and space. The balance of these elements was adjusted and organized to create a single residence. The garden was placed on the west side of the site to connect with the lush green garden of the parent's house, and the public space (LDK) was placed along the garden to secure a flow line that allows free access to the parent's house and a green borrowed landscape. It created a subtle relationship with the family home that is appropriately distant yet connected.

    The strip-like depth of the space, nestled in the garden, creates a sense of unity, thereby achieving a spaciousness and brightness that belies the narrow width of the space. To ensure the structural and functional integrity of this open space, small rooms such as storage, toilet, and entrance are concentrated in the adjacent layer. This central core allows the volumes on both sides to be freely shaped without strong structural constraints. Considering the way light is taken in, the flow of air, and the escape of the line of sight, "EACH" has its own unique cross-sectional shape.

The site surroundings are narrowly divided into lots from the street through a narrow north-south road. To the south is a vast natural park, a place of recreation and relaxation for the surrounding residents and neighbors.
The site was divided into long, narrow strips, each with its own role, shape, and space, and light intake, airflow, and line of sight were considered to create a bright and comfortable indoor environment as a whole.
The site was divided into four-story strips, and the garden was integrated with the garden of the family home in an L-shape, creating a connection with an appropriate sense of distance. The building is also structurally anchored in the center of the building with a number of small rooms for storage and other small items. By consolidating the center, the volumes on both sides become open and spacious spaces despite being made of wood. Each individual volume has its own wall. The double layering of the walls allows for more columns to be erected and also allows for plumbing and wiring to be routed through the walls without loss of structural integrity, as well as for wall storage.
LOCATION Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
STRUCTURE timber frame
SITE AREA 144.86㎡
DESIGN PERIOD 2009.2-2010.6
Contractor Yamasho Kensetsu
Photo Hiroyasu Sakaguchi (※SangoDesign)