This ample and well-lit single family home was designed by the Japanese practice Jun Igarashi Architects. Due to its unfavourable location right next to an iron factory there was no need to provide a special view to the surroundings – instead the architect created a broad inward-oriented living area which functions independently from its environment.
“At this site, I decided to set a buffer zone at south side and north side, from considering client’s living image that causes how to take a distance to non-depend view surroundings. And set LDK at the center of two buffer zones. I intended to occur physical distance to each living spaces, by cubical setting volumes; in the south side of buffer zone, 4 layers composed by master bedroom, guest room, entrance, spare room, and in the north side of buffer zone, 3 layers composed by water function, closet, study.”
“Concurrently, there are various place opening with these buffer zone spaces, and strong light insert this buffer zone. The floor of south buffer zone reflects the light to ceiling, and changing to diffusion light from lightning through the curtain. The 3rd floor slab adjusts insolation as like an eaves. Thus, soft light insert to LDK that has large area and high ceiling. We feel like in the forum place and the central large pillar divide living space softly, it becomes strength of dweller. The spatial composition of cubical double buffer zone connect to forum, it support the sense. Living space occurred by considering site condition and climate environment. Coexisting of kindly spaces for human and room closing. That is to say, living space like a calm and stable “trough”. I feel the possibility in the space.”