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Boukyo House : Japanese Residential Architecture

Contemporary Japanese Home design by Nakayama Architects

post updated 16 May 2021 ; 20 Aug 2008

Boukyo House Japan

New Japanese home

Completed Mar 2008

Design: Nakayama Architects

Boukyo House Japan

The Boukyo house project by Nakayama Architects consists of covering the maximum cubic meters that the budget would allow. The private and public areas are placed as far apart as possible.Thus the two bedrooms and one bathroom are separated on plan from the public spaces, namely the workroom, living room, dining room and kitchen.

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The limits between the private and the public areas that results from this displacement are ambiguous. This architectural aspect generates a ‘continuity’ in which all of the home’s spaces expand a reading of the interior space. All areas are at different levels which also affects the reading of space.

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Nakayama Architects were looking for a way to document how relative and artificial the distinctions of limits within a work of architecture are. The design studio was interested in exploring the points of transmission, or friction, between one area and another.

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The details and materials were spontaneously agreed as the work progressed rather than fully set out at the start. This design approach is unusual, and helps give the house its special character.

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A light roof is supported on a pole made of unpainted steel. The roof is covered with lead internally, and with natural steel externally.

House in Boukyo images / information from Office of Nakayama Architects Aug 2008

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Location: Boukyo, Japan, eastern Asia

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