Minami Karasuyama Ｏ house
This project involved the renovation of a 60-year-old wood framed house and construction of a new wood framed house on an adjacent site. Each house is occupied by the respective families of a pair of siblings, and there is a courtyard between the two houses where the families can interact with each other.
The elder brother’s family resides in the older house, which was originally occupied by his grandparents. The spaces that were formerly divided into small Japanese-style rooms were transformed into one large open LDK space. The kitchen was located in the center of the home, consolidating and streamlining the flow of housekeeping activities.
The living room affords a unified sense with the exterior by way of large glazed doors that can be fully opened to the garden on the south side. For seismic resistance, the house has been reinforced from the foundation and up.
The new house for the younger brother is located on the south side of the house, across the courtyard of the former residence. An atrium in the center of the living room brings in light from the upper floor, creating a sense of openness while ensuring privacy.
English translation by Norie Lynn Fukuda (DMA)
photo : Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA