Scales House

|DATA

  • Building site : Daisawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo JAPAN
  • Building type : Residence
  • Structure : Wood structure 3 stories
  • Site area : 226.21 sqm
  • Building area : 133.99 sqm
  • Total floor area : 272.58 sqm
  • Completion date : 02.2013
  • Architectural design : SATOH Hirotaka Architects
  • Structural engineer : RGB Structure, Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers
  • Constructor : Honma Construction

|CONCEPT

This is a three-stories wood single-family house project on a hill in Daisawa.

The massive rounded wall is formed from the shape of the site. This wall functions as a barrier to separate the interior from the street with high level of privacy. The building facade is like a fish scale using steel siding.

The each floor slab is at six different levels. We created extensive and rich spatial environment by utilizing six floor slabs efficiently and densely.

The living room, the entrance, and the inner parking lot with no column of which ceiling height is 4.2m are on the first floor. Large sliding windows unite the living room and the garden.

The kitchen, the dining and the living room is half story above the first floor. The kitchen space is the special seat to see that family members gather in a living space while cooking a meal.

A Japanese room with both a vertical blinds screen and a old sliding door of a traditional Japanese warehouse is back of the dining room. The wall finish material is a black-polished-plasterwork and the floor finish material is a corral exposed-aggregate. The wall finish of “TOKONOMA” alcove in a Japanese room is a special plasterwork mixing metals.

A library for family members and two private rooms are on the second floor. A top light brings brightness in the central space in a house that tends to dark.

There is a wood-burning stove at the living room and the whole floor slab has a floor heating system. The heating system provides comfortable living environment in spite of the high ceilings.

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