one-storied house from Arbol

August 21, 2014

House in Nishimikuni -concept- What are like one-storied houses in the center of urban cities? The surroundings and privacy matters, or how to use the outer space of the house.

We pursed simplicity and richness the most. By decreasing the number of the rooms as many as possible, we made it possible to use the other space as rich and spacious materials. Furthermore, take away unnecessary stories,and take in the natural sunshine instead.

This house is designed for a retired couple, proposing a new style of one storied house, which is located in the center of Osaka city. There is a concern about “eye” from the park and the apartments nearby, or “eye ” within the site to the outside buildings. We solved it by proposing to encircle the entire house with wall.

You could see a beautiful color contrast in green from  planting within the site and in blue from the sky. We created a s-lined garden across the house, as you could enjoy it anywhere, and it is as if you were in the forest, watching a river(garden) running !

This one-storied house, which is surrounded with  lined-up condominiums, has created a new concept of richness,  in the concept of no need to be chained of thoughts that how large the ground space is, or how convenient it is.


Building outline/Cooperator

site area|169.24㎡total floor|91.70㎡

first floor|91.70㎡

house member|couple

address|Nishimikuni, Yodogawaku  Osaka city, Japan


material| outer wall:cedar wood

inner  floor:cedar wood wall:plaster finish top:plaster finish

period | 2013 February – 2013  July

Architect(basic design & execution management) | arbol

Architect(detail design) | FLAME

Contractor|Sumaisekkeikoubou Corporation

Landscape|Toshiya Ogino Landscape design

Photographs | Yasunori Shimomura

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