FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects designed an affordable house in a residential neighbourhood in the city of Shiga, Japan. Situated among old and new constructions, the Teneful House features an understated facade that blends within the surrounding, yet keeps a unique appearance.
Keeping the budget in mind, the architects created a house that is enhanced by its spatial composition. The entrance opens up to a spacious area separated by large sliding doors, that feature rhythmically placed slits.
The space is used as the family’s music room, serving as an intimate space when closed, or an expanded and unified area when opened.
The second floor of the house incorporates the living-dining area. The space features a textural wall that divides the space. A carefully placed table, bench and lighting fixture liven up the space.
The architects used light to enhance the details of the space, such as the textural wall, and the staircase located on the opposite side. Wooden louvers and skylights were used to create an intimate and relaxing atmosphere, as well as generate visual interests.
The entire house was designed around circulation, using architectural elements and light, to create focal points. The architects delivered a unique space that does not rely on expensive materials and elaborate details to create a statement.
Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga, Japan
Construction Year: 2014
Site Area: 124,78 m²
Constructed Area: 130,02 m²
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada
*All images and information courtesy of FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects.