Japanese architects Kohei Yukawa and Hiroto Kawaguchi teamed up to design this single family house in Kyoto overlooking the picturesque japanese landscape. Within the Newtown House, Japanese architects rearranged three different spaces called Housework and Children’s house, Parent’s house and Everyone’s house. The first two moderately closed volumes are placed at both north and south ends. Instead, Everyone’s house is an extremely open space placed in the center of the plot.
Inside the Newtown house, residents feel as ‘living in the landscape’ due to the surrounding series of house-like volumes. Everyone`s house is a continuous space both inside and out, and has varying floors with differing meanings to each level. The hallway is a continuous space that can act as either a playground for the children, a study room for the family, or become a living room for the newtown residents.
The inclined wooden ceiling in each space is made continuous so that the human area and the scaled out volume can coexist. By rearranging and reconstructing the spaces of the house, the Yukawa and Kawaguchi created a new relationship between the people and the landscape.
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