焼杉の家 ／ YAKISUGI HOUSE
View from the south photo: Yuko Tada
The living & dining photo: Tada Yuko
Evening view from the north photo: Yuko Tada
The deck terrace photo: Yuko Tada
The living & dining: view from the Japanese room photo: Yuko Tada
The open stair photo: Tada Yuko
The guest room: Japanese room photo: Tada Yuko
Evening view of the deck terrace photo: Yuko Tada
The children's room & loft photo: Tada Yuko
The staircase photo: Tada Yuko
Evening view of the deck terrace and large window photo: Tada Yuko
Evening view form the east photo: Tada Yuko
Location: Shiojiri-City, Nagano Pref. Japan
Type: Residential, Private House
Structure: Wooden timber framwork,Two-story
Area: 195.65 sqm
Site Area: 775.38 sqm
Architects: MTK architects
Architect In Charge: Akira Metoki
Structural Engineer: Hidemasa Nagata
Construction: Matsumoto-Doken Co. ltd.
Photographs: Yuko Tada
This timber house for 2 generations is located along the historical road Nakasendo in quiet and rich natural surroundings in Nagano prefecture, Japan.
The site is elongated from north to south and wide in the east-west direction in the back. The design has responded to this site condition using an L-shaped plan. The L-shaped was the best plan also in terms of maximizing natural light and ventilation and ensuring good communication between the generations.
The north and south elevations have a horizontal roof scape which has been designed for creating a harmony with the mountains in the distance. The exterior of the house wanted to be the ones that took over the black and white contrast commonly seen in the houses along the old historical road.
This house is named “Yakisugi house” because it has been clad using the traditional Japanese technique of charring as a way to finish and preserve wood, Yakisugi (charred cedar barn). The north and south walls are covered with Yakisugi and the east and west walls are finished with white painted plaster. The eaves are covered with a local larch siding in clear finish. The colours of the wood on the eaves and the vertical timber screen give a soft look in contrast with black and white walls of Yakisugi. Those colour effects enhance and complete the roof scape which emphasises the horizontality.