A HOUSE AT A CROSSROADS IN KOBE ~ Pen

Built to follow the junction in the road, this building is tapered in appearance but hides some surprising spaces.

Architect: Yasuda Atelier, photo: Mamoru Ishiguro

Located at an intersection, this house in Mikage-yamate in Kobe, designed by Yasuda Koichi Laboratory and Yasuda Atelier, looks very much like the hull of a boat, but one that might break in half to follow two different routes.

A construction that deceives the eye

Indeed, the design was conceived to follow the fork in the road. Built on a sloping road, the building is impressive in terms of both height and shape. But appearances are deceiving, because the inside spaces are large and open to the outside.

At the front of the house, because space is limited, there is a spiral staircase to access the other floors. Towards the back of the house, the space increases and opens up. At night, reflections make the white colour look more of a metallic grey, making the residents feel as if they are about to set sail.

House in Mikage-yamate (2013), a project by Yasuda Koichi Laboratory and Yasuda Atelier, can be viewed on the architect’s website.

Architect: Yasuda Atelier, photo: Mamoru Ishiguro

Architect: Yasuda Atelier, photo: Mamoru Ishiguro

Architect: Yasuda Atelier, photo: Mamoru Ishiguro

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