Architects: mA-style architects
Completion date: 2012
Photography: Kai Nakamura
Location: Omaezaki-City, Japan
Shizuoka-based mA-style Architects has shared with ILikeArchitecture their Ant House project, a single family residence in Omaezaki-City, Japan.
Ant House is an almost windowless residence, cube-shaped, and clad with dark metal panels. Although the exterior of the house transmit certain degree of coldness, the interior feels warm due to the use of plywood in floors, walls and ceiling.
The corridor, following the house’s perimeter, is lined with nooks and cubbyhole storage leads towards the dining area and kitchen in the rear of the home. The adjacent partitions contain voids to reveal an open room suspended within the center of the structure between the ground and first levels.
The stairway leads to the upper level master bedroom and children’s area which parallel the free space. Positioned lower than the floor plate of the first floor, the independent unit is a singular room with a gabled roof. Windows and skylights permeating the walls introduce daylight into the internal space. the ridge of the form meets the exterior enclosure.