This house was built facing the Shosui on the south side. Across the veranda and garden, wide windows looking at the greenery of the trees along the Josui were installed and enclosed by deep eaves to control the sunlight in summer and winter.
The earthen floor of the first floor receives sunlight from the second floor high side windows through the atrium.
建築写真撮影；篠澤裕 Architectural photography by Hiroshi Shinozawa
House near the Tamagawa waterway
The two-story wooden house is shaped in an ingenious way to let the sunshine in.
There is a series of green areas in the Tamagawa waterway across the road to the south.
On the south side facing the greenery, there are large windows open on both the first and second floors. The windows are protected on three sides by eaves, so they can block out the afternoon sun in summer and let the sunshine in during winter. The light from the high ceiling on the second floor reaches deep into the building.
The shape of the west side is a good example of the building’s characteristics. Basically, it is a rectangular shaped space with a high ceiling that forms a triangle that extends upwards. The deep eaves surrounding the windows that open in south form a horizontal triangle.
The outer walls are covered with a dark gray “burnt cedar” and the texture of the natural material surrounds the entire building.
An earthen floor where light enters through a ground window
Upon entering the entrance, you’ll find a large earthen floor. Next to the earthen floor is a small multi-purpose room with a sliding door connecting it to the earthen floor. The earthen floor is connected to the living room on the second floor through a large atrium, and a spiral staircase connects the upper and lower spaces.
The spiral staircase is made of checkered plate to prevent indoor dogs from slipping.
A room for dog trimming and grooming has been created in part of the earthen floor.
This is a view of the greenery of the water from the first floor private room. The garden in the front was also planted at a later date.
The floor is made of Noto hiba (Japanese cypress) with a “U-Zukuri”. The flooring is made of Noto hiba (Japanese cypress), which is water-resistant and deodorizes the air, and also prevents dogs from slipping.
We went up to the second floor LDK. The kitchen with a counter in the front and the fixed shelves and a large opening in the back are visible. The floor is made of”U-Zukuri”. The board affixed to the waist is also cypress.
2nd floor LDK
A large opening with a view of the greenery of the creek.
Living room with high ceilings
Head up from the large opening to a horizontal high side window that fills the high ceiling space with light.
2nd floor LDK
The view from the kitchen side.
Living Room Ceiling
This is a side view of the living room. The high side window is located at the high ceiling.
A large opening to the balcony. Fixed wooden shelves have been created on the walls.
2nd floor LDK
We are looking back in the direction of the stairs coming up.
The light from the high side windows enters the back of the house and reaches the first floor through the stairwell.
The appearance of the kitchen, workbench and storage with counters.
View from the kitchen
The window is located in a position to illuminate the hand.
I went out to the balcony. The deep eaves are hanging over the balcony.