Patio

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates
From a street, the 134 m2 (1,447 ft2) home – a windowless hovering black box – appears austere. At ground level, the exterior is a simple concrete wall with a cutout just big enough to drive a car in and out. The raised volume is covered with black corrugated metal. The only glazing on the exterior is concealed within a horizontal slit between the two levels.

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates
Section perspective provided by Yaita and Associates

The three-story house has a basement patio at its core. The interior spaces surround this open-air lightwell. Each room has access to daylight and fresh air, but without compromising privacy.

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates
The timber-decked patio on the basement is flanked by a bedroom and a study on one side and bathroom on the other. These private spaces face each other through full height glazing.

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates
The tearoom on the ground floor is accessed via an exterior corridor that looks down into the patio. This exterior space can function as a roji – a garden traditionally enjoyed before entering a Japanese tearoom.

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates

JA+U : PATIO by Yaita and Associates
The living / dining space on the top floor is flooded with daylight throughout the day. It has east-facing glazing and skylights to the west.

JA+U : Patio by Yaita and Associates
Parts of the exterior walls can be opened to cross ventilate the space.

Yaita and Associates is a Tokyo-based architectural firm with Hisaaki Yaita and Naoko Yaita. Their works include; House in Yakumo; Shisuien Nursing Home; and Opera+ Gallery Kwon.