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House In Uehonmachi: Osaka City, Japan


Concrete and glass are used as membranes of the steel-structured building.  The concrete wall materializes the solidness required for urban housing, while the glass skin expresses the openness.The site is located in the center of Osaka-city.  Schools and other cultural facilities are scattered around the site.  The owner has chosen this place for the convenience of urban living.  A high school playground is located in the east of the site.  The vista in the direction is wide open.   On the contrary, the other three directions are bounded by high office buildings.Considering those given criteria, we decided to create the glass walls to cover the eastern and the western sides of the building, letting sunlight and breeze in the house.  On the other hand, the concrete walls envelope the northern and the southern sides as well as a courtyard at the western end to block the disorderly urban views.A parking space faces the road.  A guest room is planned in the center of the first floor, connected to the road by gentle steps.  This level difference can withdraw pedestrians' gaze. Behind the guest room, lies a private concrete courtyard.  This courtyard gives the guest room the expanse of space.  A closet partitions the guest room and the entrance space.  A steel stairs leads you from the entrance to the second floor.  The second floor is occupied by a living room, a kid's room, and utility rooms.  A spacious room appears when pulling back  the movable partitions extending from the east to the west.  A bedroom is allocated to the west end, and an audio room with a view occupies the east end of the third floor.  For the better view, the rooftop is also accessible by a ladder from a terrace by the bedroom.

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