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House in Yashiroda

Residence @Niigata City, Niigata
Design : Yu Yamada, Mako Shimanuki, Sunao Koase /SNARK Inc.
Construction : Daiwa Homes
Steel Product : gambit
Total area : 92.75㎡ (1F/66.25㎡ 2F/26.50㎡)
Site area : 162.88㎡
Completion : May.2021
Photo : Ippei Shinzawa







This is a small house built in a new residential area in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It was designed as a show home for a new housing brand developed by a local construction company. Although Niigata is a regional city, land prices are high in the center of the city, making it difficult for the younger generation to acquire land and build a home. However, there is a high demand for there is high demand for homeownership, and the brand proposes fulfilling life in suburbs within commuting distance to the city center for the younger generation working in the city.

Although the site is located in the suburb of Niigata City, the area is not so large, and most of land has been subdivided into about 165㎡. The width of front roads are mostly 4.0 to 6.0m and buildings are often adjacent to each other, residents may be concerned about neighbors and passersby. Most of the houses have carports installed in parking lots for snow protection, and houses which have almost same area and shape on the first and second floors are built behind them. We felt crowded and oppressed by the view. Therefore we designed a small and low house that allows wind and light to pass through to the surrounding houses, and also has spacious interior spaces by securing visibility and paths of light.

The house consists of two volumes. The one-story volume with a shed roof has a living and dining room with a kitchen, while the two-story volume with a gable roof has bedrooms and bathroom under a private space. The shed roof extends outward toward the parking lot. By omitting the carport, we avoided making a volume which has same area and shape on the first and second floor. The interior space consists of the living and dining room and the private space in different volumes, which are connected by crossing over the floors. Each space is contrasted by the shape of the roof and the finish of the walls and the ceiling. The horizontal windows in each room make the rooms seem larger than they actually are. The louver loft and the study space integrated with the furniture were designed as elements to extend the functionality of the space. In particular, the study spaces are arranged in multiple locations to meet the demand for work from home after the spread of the COVID-19, allowing people to choose where they work even in a small house.

With two rooms, horizontal windows, a louver loft, and multiple study spaces, we believe we have presented a prototype of a house that fits the local climate and demands.