Name: House in Shichiku
Designer: Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office
Location: Kyoto, Japan
House in Shichiku is a minimalist house located in Kyoto, Japan, designed by Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office. This was the renovation of a house which was built in the 1920’s and the hose was surrounded by old rows of houses. The house with a frontage of 4.1meters and depth of 12.8 meters was so-called ‘sleeping places of an eel’. Since the adjacent building was too close, the inside of the house was dark even during the daytime. The house had been illogically renovated at several times before so that important pillars and walls were missed.
The front of the studio was changed from a shutter to windows. It functioned as a reflector and could get the natural lightning toward the deeper ends of the interior. The existing structure was arbitrarily shifted, and newly inserted columns and reinforcements were painted with white color.