House in Aonashi is a minimal residence located in Gunma, Japan, designed by SNARK. This project of a two-story residential building in the suburbs of Maebashi City began with the selection of the site. There are some thin rivers flowing in Aonashi town which is at the foot of Mt. Haruna. Residential groups are scattered along the rivers, and there is a landscape where rivers slip through between the fields and houses. Currently, farmland is spreading, but it was expected to gradually become residential areas. The place chosen as the site is the area where the two rivers merge. Various kinds of wild grasses are growing naturally at the confluence point, and there was richness not found in urban areas.
The architects arranged a life to follow the flow of the river and thought of a residence to live with the surrounding environment. Housing consists of an elongated volume with three angles along the river flow. The roof has ridgelines connecting the vertices of each volume so that it adjusts the scale of the whole, and it also responds to the flow of the nearby river, the trees of Nakasu, and the mountains in the distance. As a result, a garden was created which is protected from the sun and the north wind outside but is not separated from the environment around the site.
The interior was planned with an entrance, a kitchen, and a living room in a row, and the wall dividing the room was minimal. These areas are loosely segmented by roof surfaces with different angles. Furthermore, because of the coexistence of two types of finished roof surfaces for each volume, let the location feel the area crossing the volume and function depending on where. SNARK aimed for a living environment that client could live with the land for a long time, in the scenery where the rich country scenery with unevenness in the suburbs will be leveled out as it is diverted to residential areas, while keeping the topographical surrounding environment such as still remaining rivers and Nakasu as clues to daily life.
Photography by Ippei Shinzawa
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