This small house is a trial to combine traditional farm village scenery and modern life. Designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architects, House in Ibara is a small house for a young couple who left the apartment downtown where they lived before. They want to have a new life with a new house in a natural rich farm village.
This young couple chooses to have a simple life and modest in beautiful rich nature. This small house is also considered as space that develops the standardized Japanese traditional house’s spatiality. It also has a more contrast of reliance opening-closing by using a modern architecture with strict geometrical composition.
This small house consists of roof-space and box-space. In the box-space, there is a bathroom and two bedrooms, and storage in an underground storey. A kitchen, living room, and entrance are located in the roof-space. This living room continues with beautiful nature through the terrace outside.
This house space on the ground floor is like a one-room of 78.5 square meters. Roof-space and box-space are connected carefully to articulate this small space more interesting. When the bedroom’s sliding door is opened, all rooms can serve as one-room space while two spaces are connected with the level that reflects the slope of the site.
The box-space of this house is set carefully so privacy and sunshine from the outside can’t be interrupted. The roof-space is also designed and allocated in the best direction that facing nature. The house parking lot is buried in the slope of the site by half at the mountainside. In order to make the sunbeams shine on the house through branches of trees, zelkova trees are planted in the yard.
House in Ibara Gallery
Photography: Kazunori Fujimoto