Architect: Yoshihiro Yamamoto – YYAA
Site Area: 220 sqm
Building Area: 77 sqm
Floor Area: 90 sqm
First floor: 77 sqm
Second floor: 13 sqm
Completion date: 2012
Photography: Yohei Sasakura
Location: Ikoma city, Nara, Japan
Designed for a young married couple, Niu House is located at the very end of a residential section developed in the 1970s in Nara, Japan. This residential area is primarily comprised of homogeneous prefabricated houses and ancient Japanese-styled houses in one side, and rich nature spread in the another side. It is the typical site of Nara.
First, YYAA classified all spaces into two categories. The opened space with free usage, such as the living, the dining room, kitchen, and loft, was unified by a white volume. The closed space with specific functions, such as soundproof studio, a bathroom, a utility room, and a bedroom, was unified by a black volume.
Second, YYAA put the black volume to the road side, and the white volume was set some distance back from it.
Third, by combining both volumes, the residence could enjoy a small courtyard, consequently the residence gained air flow, light, and a view.