May 22, 2021 / Architecture
Rural House by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Rural House is a minimal residence located in Inabe, Japan, designed by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates. The concept of the countryside first appeared in contrast when the concept of the city was created. The boundary is not clear, but the countryside can be thought of as an extension outside the city. Sites in cities are being attempted to be structured according to system and industrial principles, but in the countryside there are many vague places that deviate from them. In the countryside, it seems commonplace to seek an individual and concrete way of architecture that is completely different from the strong structure of the city.

The planned site of this house is a calm place with a view of the Suzuka Mountains in the distance and fields surrounding it. The road in front is a gentle slope, and there are cluster of enoki mushrooms on the premises. The owner runs a dental clinic next to the north and wanted a plan for the entire site including this house. This house built along the deformed site boundary almost as it was. There are no walls or fences. There is a height difference of 1 m or more at the planned site, but it was not created and was taken into the room as a ramp.

The plan along the boundary of the site, a floor with a height difference, and a roof that descends parallel to the ground. We replaced the characteristic environment with the individuality of the architecture. The plan took the form of a courthouse, with rooms arranged in various orientations. With a plan using a direct grid, it is difficult to secure an indoor area, and the amount of excavation on the ground increases, making it difficult to cope with deformed sites and slopes. Therefore, instead of using a grid, contour lines were used as auxiliary lines, and the building was bent along the site. The beams were laid out radially around each of the four courtyards, and they were continuous along a meandering road-shaped room.

Photography by Shinkenchiku-sha