Architects: Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Completion date: 2011
Site area: 166 sqm
Total floor area: 107 sqm
Photography: Mitsutomo Matsunami
Location: Mino-County, Osaka-prefecture, Japan
This is a residence with a courtyard, in Onohara, belonging to a couple with two small children. Their privacy is protected by the enclosed wall. A courtyard with trees brings an open atmosphere, as well as flooding the rooms with light. A residence with a courtyard is a luxury space where one can relax as if in a resort area, even in an overcrowded residential area.
A residence with a courtyard is generally enclosed by walls. This house was designed with the image of one long piece of paper wrapping up the living spaces. Unnecessary parts are removed, such as seen in the inclined upper part of the external wall, to let the light radiate into the whole house. Any feeling of oppressiveness from the closeness of the adjacent houses is also relieved. The internal walls of the living and dining rooms where the family gathers were removed so that the rooms open wide towards the courtyard that was created by the external walls, eliminating the borderline between inside and outside. It is as if the courtyard was inside the house, or the house was a part of the courtyard. The external wall is unified with one-colored cement boards. This unification produces the sense of openness and creates a pleasant feeling of comfort, with a seemingly endless veranda. This is the best part of a residence with a courtyard, and a feeling that is hard to duplicate in general house constructions.
Natural wood is used for the external louvers and deck, enriching the expressions of the house. The color of the wood changes over time and will become a part of the family atmosphere.
Since the family began living in this house, their small son eats better.
Because of the oneness of the dining room and the courtyard, he probably feels like he is camping.
said the owner. The children enjoy playing in a pool on the deck during the summer. The family has come to appreciate the luxury of the residence with the courtyard.