Pure volumes, determined lines, contrasting materials. KHT, the two-family residence designed by Japanese studio IRA in Yamagata, on the island of Honshū, Japan, incorporates all these characteristics, as well as a propensity towards functionality.
The house, completed in 2013, is composed of a first block of one story, destined to a senior couple, and a second volume articulated on two stories, for the younger family.
The two structures are connected by a semi-covered terrace, a kind of central patio that makes for an ideal conjunction point, protected by a curving roof. The interiors are decorated in a typically Japanese fashion: minimalist atmospheres, light furniture, wide empty spaces, sliding doors with a discreet aesthetic, concrete floors alternated by sections in raw wood.
The relatively large windows frame the surrounding landscape, allowing plenty of natural light to filter during the day. Making this a house in which the focus is on the relationship between interiors and exterior.
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Photography by [International Royal Architecture]