Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates / House Nara-zaka

House Nara-zaka was built for a couple without children in Nara, Japan, and it was designed by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates.

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Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

“The site is located near the Todaiji Temple in Nara. The location is on the hill with great view. It is situated on the slopes.(Site area:161sqm) This is the home for couples without children.

This house is a two-story with a basement. The structure of underground is RC, and the structure of ground floor is a steel frame. The underground space is the area for the husband to enjoy the hobby of oil painting. On the first floor there is a bedroom and utility room of his wife. The second floor have kitchen,dining,living room and bathroom. The view from thesecond flooralsois a great. And more there is also a roof terrace with a view. White walls facade is the result of considering the privacy. But we have floated lightly roof so as not to be too closed.

We have also considered the structure so as not to impair the view. So we provided a thin pillar on the great view side and we provided a frame to withstand the earthquakes on the opposite side with a panoramic view. Dimensions of the pillars of the iron in the corner of the living room is just 75 mm × 75 mm.

We have also considered environment. The crushed stone under the floor of the basement warmed by the midnight power, it warms the building frame without using electric power of the daytime.  The dry area as moisture protection of underground generates the cool air in the summer. We considered to send this cold air to the second floor by a simple fan in order to mitigate the heat of the roof directly under. And we provided a rainwater pit so that it can be used in kitchen gardens.

They were retired from work at the same time as the completion of this house. We hope that they will be enjoyed the rest of the life in this house.”

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Photographs: Eiji Tomita