Japanese architecture practice Airhouse created a residence located on a narrow and long lot in Aichi, Japan.
The residence called House in Ohguchi was built on the spot facing roads on three sides. Due to the shape of the plot in the east-west direction, the main challenge was to accomplish a sufficient building width, while providing richness to both the family and the surrounding environment. Therefore, the floor plan was positioned obliquely to secure the necessary areas. To alleviate the building’s oppressive impression standing on the corner site, its edges were rounded.
"In this way, we intended to create an appropriate distance between the building and the roads and give it a gentle impression, while the lush greenery in the open area would provide natural scenery like a forest in the surrounding environment,” explained Keiichi Kiriyama, the founder of Airhouse. The interior was designed in a way to provide both, work and living space, while preserving sufficient distance between the two zones. As a result, the small office space was placed upstairs, leaving enough room on a ground floor for the daily living. The dining, living and a kitchen space were organised as an open space featuring remarkable curvilinear shelf, which refers to the form of the house layout.