This three-story steel-framed residence for a pair of artists includes studios for both.
Naoko Horibe paid particular attention to designing an exterior for the tall new structure that would blend seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood, which was subdivided and developed several decades ago.
The exterior color is close to the subdued shades of the surrounding buildings, while the strong horizontal line of the roofing materials echoes the horizontal lines of the siding joints.
The windows are all of a uniform size, but because they are set at various heights it is difficult to tell from the outside where one story starts and the next ends. As a result, the sense of the building as a three-story structure is softened.
+ Project credits / data
Design to completion: March 2009-February 2010
Location: Minoh-Shi, OSAKA
Primary usage: Residence and atelier
Structure: Steel-frame construction, three stories above ground
Client: Couple with two children
Site area: 101.34 m²
Building area: 38.70 m²
Total floor space: 111.85 m²