The house is located in a rural area of Fukuoka, Japan. There is a wind flow on east-west axis of the site which led the architect to decide the layout plan of the house as well as the floor plan. This single story house is designed for a single person which meant that not many rooms were needed. Master bedroom, an extra room along with living, dining and kitchen. Therefore, the zoning of the house is simple. A long corridor on the east-west axis in the middle to take in natural wind and private rooms on the south of the corridor and the rest (back yard) on the north. When the wind flows through the corridor, air in each rooms adjacent to the corridor gets sucked which makes an air flow throughout the entire house leading the whole house to be ventilated at all times. The corridor is planned to look and feel like outside. In large cities, alley are more attractive than main streets. They are more to human scale with just enough sun shine and wind flow. So the intention of the corridor of this house was to resemble those city alley. It is like an extra space of the house just like alley are the extra space of the cities. This corridor takes in natural light and wind to keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter.
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Photo:Tomoyuki Kusunose

Design For Asia Award(アジアデザインアワード)Gold Award 受賞