TAPO utilizes timber to build the ‘villa in sakura’ weekend house in rural japan
situated in a rural area close to the japanese city of sakura, design studio TAPO has formed a weekend house for a city-based family looking to get back to nature. located on a site surrounded by fields and mixed forests, ‘villa in sakura’ is positioned in the center of the plot and is designed with the intention to provide an ideal space for the client’s young children to play and an expansive garden for growing fruit and vegetables.
exterior view, image © masayoshi ishii
the building is designed by TAPO as a simple rectilinear volume with a mono-pitch roof. measuring 75 ft x 33 ft (23 m × 10 m) in size, an entrance space punctures the middle of the house, forming a physical and visible connection through the site. this central intervention acts to separate functions regarding the level of privacy required. for example, the north side is home to quieter spaces such as bedrooms, bathrooms and walk-in closets. whereas to the south, a more social, open-plan living-dining and kitchen area can be found. additionally, there are two attic spaces for the children to go up and down with ladders in both the north and south.
rendered view of the house, image courtesy of TAPO
the building is characterized by the use of a timber structure and external timber cladding. on the exterior elevations, blackened wood is combined with black-colored standing seam metal sheeting, creating a continuous appearance while also providing a more durable roof surface with the use of the metal sheeting. inside, the interior space is defined by the exposed timber beams, columns and trusses, forming a very honest architecture style. the warm quality of the wood is highlighted by the minimal white walls, and overall, the use of this natural material throughout the villa creates a perfect connection to the nature which surrounds it.
the central entrance space, image © masayoshi ishii
the boundary between indoor and outdoor is blurred, image © masayoshi ishii
the living-dining area, image © masayoshi ishii
the exposed columns and beams characterize the space, image © masayoshi ishii
the slope of the mono-pitch roof is communicated in the interior, image © masayoshi ishii
the white walls highlight the warm timber, image © masayoshi ishii
view of the bedroom, image © masayoshi ishii
the house viewed at night, image © masayoshi ishii
at night the dark timber is punctuated by the warm glow from inside, image © masayoshi ishii
project name: ‘villa in sakura’
location: sakura city, chiba prefecture, japan
architect: TAPO (tomioka architectural planning office)
photography: masayoshi ishii
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edited by: lynne myers | designboom
Published at Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:30:06 +0000