|Award||Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) Award 2003|
This is the architect's own house. Importance has been placed on making the interior space flexible, because, of all buildings, houses are most subject to changes in the way they are used. Thus, the interior is like a single bare room. Partitions and storage furniture, even in the bedroom and the children's rooms, can be all removed. The framing is made up of laminated columns and beams, and thick planks made from cedar and cypress trees culled in Okutama are used as both structure and backing on floors and walls. They are good from the point of view seismic design, heat insulation and sound insulation.
Photos: Matsuoka Mitsuo