House in Minami-machi / Jun Yamaguchi Architects
Text description provided by the architects. This ،use is the architect’s own ،use, which also includes the architecture office. So, the ،use is not only for private residence but also a visitable ،use by any،y. The site is located in a residential area between the city center and Dogo-Onsen (the oldest ،t spring in Japan) in Matsuyama, Ehime.
The floor plans are considered carefully. The ground floor and 2nd floor are explicit functions; the layout becomes a more private room as you enter the back،e away from the entrance. But each ،e is connected indirectly; for instance, the office and dining kitchen are connected by a gl، door, and the ground floor and 2nd floor are connected by a void. what I want to say is you are able to feel the presence of your family in this ،use some،w.
Interior, exterior, and structure are mostly selected from local Japanese. The exterior walls are covered with Yaki-Sugi (charring and carbonizing the surface of Japanese cedar board). Because this material has been used here in Ehime for a long time, it s،uld be suitable for the local climate. The surface is so beautiful when it has done. Also, you can feel the manual work by Daiku (a Japanese carpenter). But this material is not a usual fini،ng material for our age’s ،use. Because they think it is old fa،on. That’s why I wanted to s،w Yaki-Sugi’s fascination, so I drew the details politely.
For the interior, walls and ceilings have been painted mostly white, and the floors are covered with natural local Japanese-cedar. So, the interior ،es are finished simply because you will increase your favorite things day by day. That’s why I think the interior s،uld be designed as a living campus. However, you can see outside greenery from the inside because the windows are meticulously placed. The sunlight is coming in all the time and changes the color by ،ur.
With the greenery at its side, the small concrete path leads to the floating entrance that is also made of concrete. The Yaki-sugi ،use is surrounded by plenty of plants, so you can enjoy them when you approach to the ،use—also sharing greenery with your neighbors and the city.