28th Shinkenchiku Award Finalist 5: House Komazawa Park

JA+U : House Komazawa Park by Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara / miCo. © Shinkenchiku-sha

This 72 m2 (775 ft2) house is located in a neighborhood densely occupied by small-scale timber-framed houses. Architects Mizuki Imamura and Isao Shinohara took the existing two-story house, split it into two volumes, and added an extension off one side.

JA+U : House Komazawa Park by Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara / miCo. © Shinkenchiku-sha

The judges, Riken Yamamoto and Koichi Yasuda, appreciated Imamura and Shinohara’s attempt to dissect the existing house, introducing an even smaller scale to the residential neighborhood.

JA+U : House Komazawa Park by Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara / miCo. © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House Komazawa Park by Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara / miCo. © Shinkenchiku-sha

Inside, the home’s two-story wings are separated by an open double-height living space. The walls separating these spaces have been removed to create continuous views throughout the interior.

In our next post, we will reveal the winner of the 2011 Shinkenchiku Prize. Here’s a recap of the finalists:

Forest Bath by Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory + Ozeki Architects & Associates

Double Helix House by onishimaki + hyakudayuki architects / o+h

Small House by Unemori Architects

White Hut and Tilia Japonica by Takahashi Maki + Shiokami Daisuke / Takahashi Maki and Associates