studio tawaraya has designed sorimachi house, a wooden family residence located in a calm residential area close to the center of yokohama city, japan. the project has been developed around three main themes, which include: the relationship with the exterior surroundings and the three roads that encompass the property; the three-dimensional awareness of the family’s whereabouts; and the feel of the warmness of trees without compromising the home’s fire resistance performance.all images by yosuke ohtake
in order to establish a relationship with the exterior surroundings, studio tawaraya has added two floor-to-ceiling openings on the corner of the two-story house. these openings include sliding doors on the ground level, and a large window on the upper floor, both of which help blend the boundaries between interior and exterior. additionally, the japanese architecture studio has carefully developed a connection with the three roads that surround the property. by not planning any solid boundaries, such as fences or half-walls, for the perimeter of the house, the architects have visually extended exterior space to include those three roads.
name: sorimachi house
architect: studio tawaraya
location: yokohama, kanagawa, japan