Hopscotch House in Saitama, Japan

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Hopscotch House in Saitama

Residential Building Project near Tokyo, Japan – design by Hiramoto Design Studio

24 Aug 2018

Hopscotch House in Saitama

Architects: Hideyuki Hiramoto (Hiramoto Design Studio)

Location: Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Kantō region, Japan

Hopscotch House, Saitama

Hopscotch House Saitama

Photos: Koji Fujii, Nacása&Partners Inc.

‘Division and Connection’

An intriguing house, the stepping in plan & section is delightful.

It is immediately obvious the form ties in with the concept of family connection/divisibility: both a simple and clever property design!

Hopscotch House Saitama

Text from the architect:

Concept:

This family who had lived individually decided to live together under one roof. In this project I tried to design a space that allowed these people who were used to living alone build an agreeable friendship by keeping a moderate distance from each other.

Hopscotch House Saitama

Caring for ease of access, a one-story house was requested. I thought hard about how to bring light and wind into the center of the house.

Hopscotch House Saitama

Hopscotch House Saitama New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

I divided the building into parts, each with their own function, and placed them in a layout “1+2+1+2+1” like Hopscotch game. By doing this, I led the house to the following solutions:-

New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

1. Since these divided parts were joined on each shifting position, with this train of spaces I could make some Waists (joining/dividing points) and some Pools (spaces with each function) in the house. When you make an excursion within the house, you can feel refreshing rhythms. And a resident can relax in a pool which was chosen while maintaining a distance from others.

New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

2. The double position (split parts) created a patio which would bring light and wind into the center of the house.

New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

New home in Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Japan

3. Double spaces in this position (split parts) are also useful as corridors for connecting between single units. With this I could not only cut the space which would have been needed for corridors but also gave some opportunities to feel closer to others easily. It is important to measure the distance from others.

Contemporary property in Saitama-shi, Japan

Contemporary property in Saitama-shi, Japan

Hopscotch House in Saitama – Building Information

Project: private house
Address: kita-ku, saitama-shi, saitama, Japan
Total Floor Area: 155 sqm / one-story / wooden structure
Client: private owner
Architect: Hideyuki Hiramoto (Hiramoto Design Studio) www.hiramotodesign.com
Construction: KOBAYASHI CO., LTD

Contemporary property in Saitama-shi, Japan

Contemporary property in Saitama-shi, Japan

Photography: Koji Fujii (Nacása&Partners Inc.)

Contemporary property in Saitama-shi, Japan

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