House Hm

Hirakata / Japan / 2021

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House Hm”
The site is in a section of a residential area located on a gentle slope between the
Funahashi and Hotani rivers,whichflow through Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture.
R
aising the ground level when the land was developed for residential use has 


created a difference in height between the road


sand the sites,and the rows of houses have been induced
to place parking spaces on the roadside 
and residences on the upper level 


with wallswhere the height changes,distancing the road and the residence and


creating animpression that the entire town is closed off from the roads.


As the surrounding houses are being rebuilt and the sceneryof the town gradually changes, we wanted toproactively use the height difference created by the raised level and pre
sent a way of building
that is aligned with both the residence and the road, rather than the conventional, customary way of building houses.



T
he main location for living is planned to be on the foundation level 1200 mm above the road, like the surroundingresidences.


Spaces have been arranged there on two levels,under a roof divided in three to wrap around them facing the road.



The eave space under the roof creates internal and external continuity,and life crossesbetween the interior,exterior, andsemi-exterior,with
various activities overflowing into the space between the road and the residence.


Half of thesectionwith a difference in heighthas been formed into a slope to form a gentle connection from the road to the residence and an openstructure with the wall removed.


The trees planted at the top of the slope control lines of sight from the road, while bringing the sound of the windinto the home.


Adeck terracecontinuing from the living room has been arranged near the trees
to create acomfortable semi-exteriorplace.


The space facing the road
secures functionality as a garage with the future in mind, while
being paved with gravel
to facilitate changes of function.



This happened when we visited three months after constructionwascompleted.


Alady who lives in the house across the streetnoticed that theflowerson thejuneberryplanted in front of the
terrace at this residence had scattered in the rain a few days earlier, and she called to
us in a loud voice from herown site to expressdisappointment about this.
The garden a few houses down
was not being used whenever we passed during construction and the treesappeared to be neglected, but
adeck had been laid andcomfortable-looking rockingchair had been placed there.


These are only minor events, but if these minor events
accumulate and the customary way of using the town and
houses that has unconsciously taken root
changes for the better, the attraction of the town and lifestyle will
—we hope—increase further

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    House Hm”The site is in a section of a residential area located on a gentle slope between theFunahashi and Hotani rivers,whichflow through Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture.Raising the ground level when the land was developed for residential use has  created a difference in height between the road sand the sites,and the rows of houses have been inducedto place parking spaces on the roadside and residences on the upper level  with wallswhere the height changes,distancing the road and the...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work started in 2020
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Main structure Wood
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Apartments / Single-family residence / Multi-family residence / Social Housing / Country houses/cottages / Custom Furniture / Modular/Prefabricated housing / Lofts/Penthouses / Restoration of façades / Refurbishment of apartments / Building Recovery and Renewal / Chalets, Mountains houses
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