Architect: Design Office
Location: Fuchu, Hiroshima, Japan
Year Built: 2011
Situated in Hiroshima, Japan is ‘house in Fuchu’, a personal dwelling by suppose design office. From the street, at first glance, it appears as a white monolithic structure situated within a courtyard formed by surrounding homes – protected by a concrete wall which hides any openings – that is accessed via a ground level door, or staircase to the right which leads directly up to the residence. The interior layout provides views through each level via an open staircase, giving the multilevel establishment a lofty feel. On the ground floor there is an open kitchen, dining and living area which is lit by wraparound windows which reach the height of the exterior wall, offering privacy from the street. along one side of the panoramic fenestration is built-in bench seating, giving alternative areas in which individuals can gather and enjoy the natural light which floods through. Wood lines the second and third floors which are the progressively more private areas of the home, with bathroom and sleeping areas located here. Tucked between the solid barrier and the home itself is a narrow pool which runs the length of the living quarters, with stone yards lining the other walls which meet the base of the windows, making the dwelling feel as if it has been built into the ground.