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House in Midorigaoka by Yutaka Yoshida

Tomohiro Sakashita

This residence for a family of three, built in a quiet residential neighborhood in Hiroshima, Japan, by local firm Yutaka Yoshida Architect & Associates features a concrete minimal interior with a curved wall clad in wood.

In search of a perfect setting, the client found a triple tiered, nine by 22 meter plot of land with a tuck under garage. From the beginning, the architects envisioned a house with a south-north opening with outdoor spaces: one above the garage, and another on the deepest top tier of the site, where the client wished to create a vegetable garden.


Inside, since the living room is sometime used by the client’s wife to teach yoga classes, it was necessary to design a room that could be separated from the rest of the house. This is the reason for placing the central stairwell and the adjacent storage with family traffic as the house core, where they are also directly connected to the entrance.


The closet space between the bedrooms can be seen above the double height living room, and is designed with a continuous curve that simultaneously serves as a partition and a link that connects living room through the void. “In a such compact house, creating relationships between the different rooms proved to be a effective in producing a bright and generous spatial volume that continues smoothly without any visual hindrance,” explain the architetects.

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all images © Tomohiro Sakashita