Family House in Obama by Suppose Design

published in: Architecture By Guest, 18 February 2010

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photo © Toshiyuki Yano

location : Obama city, Fukui ,Japan
principal use : parsonal house
site area: 389.25sqm 
building area : 171.60sqm 
total floor area : 301.29sqm  
(  1F:158.60sqm   2F:142.69sqm   )
completion : September. 2009 
design period: 2007-2008 
construction period: September.2009 
structure: Steel construction 2 story 
project architect:  Makoto Tanijiri [suppose design office]+ Masafumu Tanaka
project team: Makoto Tanijiri [suppose design office]+ Masafumi Tanaka[Masafumi Tanaka], in-charge; Masafumi Shimatani

Guest Contribution by An Michiels

Suppose Design recently finished a family house In Obama, in the Fukui prefecture on the sea of Japan. The site, situated near the beach, posed climatic problems such as damage from the sea breeze.  The client – the director of a company opposite the house – wished to combine openness on the ground floor to allow for parking spaces for his clients with more protected first floor living spaces.

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

Kitchen space, bathrooms, study corners and storage are strategically placed at the perimeter of the site to form a buffer around the living areas and bedrooms to protect them from the harsh climate.  Light and air are allowed in through the insertion of courtyards with glass-framed walls between the rooms.  It opposes the notion of letting the outside world in and offers an intimate controlled environment, but one that can be very open at the same time.

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

The house is very spacious within the Japanese context, the built areas measure 171 square meters. This size allowed for generously sized rooflights and courtyards, to ensure a flood of natural light throughout the house.   The open character of the first floor was created by using a supporting steel structure, held up by reinforced concrete elements on the ground floor.

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

Suppose Design aims to create an architecture with a strong interaction between inside and outside environment to ultimately blur the boundaries between them and to create one continuous connected space. The use of identical floorboards in internal and external areas, running along the length of the house, underline this concept.  It carefully blends the need for protection and privacy with the notion of the Japanese courtyard which results in a refined contemporary living space.

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

Suppose Design was established by Makoto Tanijiri in 2000 and has grown into a 16 strong team with offices in Hiroshima and Tokyo. Their scope ranges from architecture, landscapes and interiors to product and furniture design.  Tanijiri approaches design with a mind of equivalence to all buildings of different scales and cost, ranging form a dog house to a skyscraper. He defines his work as a chance to realize fresh ideas about buildings and relationships of all interactive elements.

Discover the House in Obama through the pictures that follow:

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

photo © Toshiyuki Yano

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  • friend
    youhavebeenheresometime | 2010-02-18 22:40:04

    gorgeous....

  • friend
    Ricardo Hernandez | 2010-02-18 22:59:51

    Love it! Those hallways tight and not ADA for sure but I can squeeze in and make it work. Reminds me on the works of Waro Kishi www.k-associates.com/ whom I love and need to look into writing an article on.

  • friend
    Joe | 2010-02-18 23:48:08

    I want this house. They should sell it online.

  • friend
    tico.ar | 2010-02-19 01:37:41

    How interesting it is to get in touch with other cultures and habits. Globalization is real but it will never mean culturalization. Watching this images i can recall at least 20 law codes I would be violating if it was built in my country, not to say the reaction of the general public, having to deal with a house that enclouses on itself not allowing the resident to showoff is belongings, its garden and so on... As for me, I found the quality of the interior spaces amazing, but let me ask you, what is the contribute of a proposal like this to the quality of the urban enviornment? ArenΒ΄t we (architects) also supposed to think about the big picture?

  • friend
    john c | 2010-02-19 10:40:18

    Is this the same one in the Tom Waits video on http://slmspikin.blogspot.com because it looks similar.

  • friend
    Floyd | 2010-02-19 17:32:55

    What if there was a fire. UH OH.

  • friend
    Chris | 2010-02-19 17:48:45

    @Tico.ar: I actually imagine that you could build this in some parts of America without too much trouble. Depending on where you lived, you would probably have to make some changes (almost definitely adding windows to comply with the local fire code, since the house apparently only has a few ways in or out that you might not be able to get to in an emergency), but I'm sure that's true in Japan, too. That said, I would love to live in a house like this. I would want some windows on the sides for the reason that I mentioned above, but I can easily imagine a market for these anywhere on Earth if they were priced in the range of other prefabricated homes.

  • friend
    ilia Potemine | 2010-02-19 18:15:15

    tico, believe it or not, this is future! French people are used to sa y "pour vivre heureux vivez cachΓ©s" for living good u gotta live in the shadows! So i guess that is the answer. I think when you are a great artist you don't care about the big picture... cause everyone can see it!

  • friend
    Liselotte Hansen | 2010-02-19 18:45:04

    It looks so very nice - and I know that I would miss the view out a window so very much, so if the surroundings are not worth looking at and there is not much nature too than it's a beautiful solution... :-)

  • friend
    JHG | 2010-02-19 23:44:08

    Really classy and well done, fantastic design

  • friend
    Suzanna | 2010-02-20 00:20:13

    interesting but ever so tasteless

  • friend
    Cheretina | 2010-02-20 15:11:55

    Originale ! Mais...OΓΉ sont les fenΓ?tres ? ;-)

  • friend
    shanggong | 2010-02-23 07:20:34

    design solutions

  • friend
    Caressa | 2010-02-25 03:13:52

    I love this, the perspective that you get on natural light absorbed gives a constant surrealism. I don't know if that is something that I would want to live with because I would be too curious. I guess that is what those little portholes are for. Awesome.

  • friend
    Mathias | 2010-03-01 14:19:43

    great design - in europe / germany only few people a brave enough for extraordinary architecture

  • friend
    D, Bentley. | 2010-03-08 19:21:43

    Despsite its rough exterior, this house has a great interior. Would love to visit one and see for myself. A House i wouldn't mind living in.

  • friend
    Bathroom Furniture | 2010-05-07 11:11:52

    I never considered an option of having upainted wood in the bathroom... It looks great! so green and natural!

  • friend
    sickman fraud | 2010-06-23 06:50:07

    brave, natural, awesome, extraordinary blah blah blah... globalization, restrictions, violating, blah blah blah.

  • friend
    Sabrina | 2011-08-30 15:10:25

    beautiful design simply deployed.

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