Shoji Screen House by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates.

Situated in Osaka, Japan, Shoji Screen House by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates | The Hardt


Situated in Osaka, Japan, Shoji Screen House by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates. This house is in Osaka city, the back of the Karahori shopping district. This site of the only 710ft²  (66 m²)  is located in the place where entered 100 ft (30m) the alley from the road. Alley width is about 6.5 ft (2m) The site is a corner lot in contact with the crank. On the south side of the site, there is stonewall exceeds the height 13 ft (4m) and 2 or 3-story house has been built on it. Also, other three sides of the site have surrounded by a three-story building. Standing on the site, the architect felt like being in the bottom of a well. First, he tried to capture the stone walls in the house. But it was rejected by the client. Because they’re not good with small animals and insects. So, the direction of the design was headed to the Urban Housing that is completely contained inside.








But the architect wanted to be left a little relationship with the surroundings. He was allowed to extend the alley in this house and placed glass-walled entrance, glass-walled light garden, and glass-walled sanitary space ahead of the approach (the wall mirror has emphasized the depth). Upon entering the low-ceilinged entrance, then high ceilings and spacious space will greet the inhabitants. There is no window on the two sides facing the street.(see the appearance) Private space spacious has adopted the light from three light yard provided inside of the outer wall. Although the especially large fixed window is facing the service Terrace, I chose the abstract light (rather than show an embodying, such as the laundry) by paste the Japanese paper in the window over the entire surface. In the night, the silhouette of bamboo planted outside is reflected on this screen. There is a square window on top of the light garden next to the entrance, also this window is affixed Japanese paper to hide the outside view. The traditional materials of Japan “Japanese paper” have created an abstract and modern space.  As not “Shoji Joinery” but “Shoji Screen




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