Feb 07, 2014 / Architecture
House in Utsunomiya2 by Soeda and Architects

House in Utsunomiya2 is a minimalist house located in Tochigi, Japan, designed by Soeda and Architects. Upon designing this house, the architects were asked to design within a very limited budget as well as fulfilling the following specific requests from the client: double-height living room with sufficient natural light to be placed at the center of the house, three private rooms, and a large terrace. The site is located in the suburb of a provincial city, along a bus route linked to/from the city center. (16)

Name: House in Utsunomiya2

Designer: Soeda and Architects

Location: Tochigi, Japan

Year: 2012

House in Utsunomiya2 is a minimalist house located in Tochigi, Japan, designed by Soeda and Architects. Upon designing this house, the architects were asked to design within a very limited budget as well as fulfilling the following specific requests from the client: double-height living room with sufficient natural light to be placed at the center of the house, three private rooms, and a large terrace. The site is located in the suburb of a provincial city, along a bus route linked to/from the city center.

The client’s property is a middle portion of a large land that is divided into three narrow and long lots oriented at a slightly rotated angle from east-west direction. Properties on both sides are still vacant, but naturally expected to be developed within the near future. Considering the narrow and long shape of the site, with a width of only 7.5 meters, it is concerning that if a building is constructed on the adjacent site on the south, this building would have problems with natural lighting and also privacy.

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