Designed by Ryutaro Saito of Tokyo-based DOG Architect and Shun Ide of Nikken Housing System, this small, atelier-style house – 87.23m² on a land area of 123m² – built along the Tokaido Road in Ninomiya town in the Kanagawa prefecture that has often been depicted in famous painter Hiroshige’s artworks. The property is home to three generations – an artist, his wife, mother, and an infant child.
The design of the house known as 8.5 House began with the idea of building a large exhibition wall for displaying the artist’s work in a visible space for the city’s residents. With the site’s diagonal length presenting the maximum length, the architect decided to separate the living area from the atelier with the exhibition wall.
In addition, the sloped roof that gives a glimpse of the artwork on the wall inside opens on to Tokaido street on the northern side of the site, and gives the building a more sculptural form and keeps it from becoming overwhelming.
The steeply sloping triangulated roof and the diagonal exhibition wall run parallel to create a three-dimensional figure of “wide-narrow” or “high-low” crossing space. By creating scales of varying proportions, the artist-owner aims to provide a backdrop for imagination and creativity.
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Photos: Satoshi Takae + Shinkenchiku