House in Yamasaki

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Shinkenchiku-sha

The 93.7 m2 (1,009 ft2) house is located in a valley in Hyogo Prefecture that has many cloudy days throughout the year. Therefore, the architect, Yo Shimada from Tato Architects, intended to create a light-filled climate within the home. 

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Tato Architects / You Shimada

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The base of the house is sunken 760 mm (2.5 feet) into the ground, in order to thermally buffer the ground floor. The bedrooms, kitchen, and living / dining areas are contained within this box. Perched atop are the three white huts.

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Two of these light structures are covered by a double layer of translucent polycarbonate sheets, inspired by greenhouses on the surrounding farms.

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Yamasaki by Yo Shimada ©Shinkenchiku-sha

They capture natural light and (when opened) breezes into the rooms below. In the summer, windows on the gabled roofs can be automatically opened to vent the hot air.