Japanese architecture office FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects has recently conceived this house for a photographer in Shiga, Japan. The request was to unifying the studio where the client produces his works with the living space. Thus, Japanese studio came up with a plan by clarifying how the resident wants to live instead of segmenting the space by function.
The building is made of concrete and galvanized steel sheets, which reflect the dull light making it look massive. It is laid out to be accommodated within the L-shaped lot and stands to face the shrine on the opposite side. The building is used as a studio and gallery of the photographer and his residence as well. The long thin passage serving as an alley to go around the gallery has other functions than a mere pathway; it is also used as a space to post artworks and photos on the wall.
A hall that is located at the center of the building with different floor levels plays a role of a hub which connects with each space. It is connected to the courtyard, not only providing functional comfort but also displaying scenic beauty. The building used as a living space also offers a dynamic space with proportion and scale that allow it to serve as a photo studio. The light coming through the high-side light envelops the room, enabling photo-shooting with natural light.
images © Yoshihiro Asada, Norihito Yamauchi