“Futokoro House”

Mizuishi Architects AtelierThis is a very interesting house in terms of Functional Space. This residential house with 108,11 m2 takes place in Tokyo, Japan, in a pice of ground open from North to South that gives the amplitude and openness that caracterized it.

A place created with the main idea of “organization” so the owners had plenty space for storage and disposition for their personals. The storages are located on the two walls with more lenght (East and West), that define the edge of the ground and are closed to the exterior.Mizuishi Architects AtelierThe structural walls were nominated “Futokoro” wich in japanese means: “hollow space between something”. Between those two walls takes place the kitchen area, the dinning, the living room and a few free spaces more on the ground floor so the owners can personalized them and still follow the open concept of the design.

Mizuishi Architects AtelierThey also focus the design on having natural light and ventilation, that is achieved beacause of a skylight in the centre of the house and a numerous cuts on the exterior walls as much as in the interior walls so the air can circulate all around the diferent areas of the house.Mizuishi Architects Atelier

The front of the house is covered in wooden lattice that gives the owners privacy but at the same time allow the entrance of sun light into the house.

A great idea for those who have a limited  and space; There are always list of solutions for intrincated grounds.

In this case, they had the answer for the organization theme, creating storages on the sides of the main circulation of the house, this detail leaves and open and bigger space for circulation. The illumination has also been solved among the entire house with a skylight and a complete open front that brings natural light on the two levels of the house.

The natural ventilation was solved with the same open skylight that allow the entrance of air and at the same time, a few perforations on the interior walls made the circulation of air possible between the two levels

These concepts are easily adaptable for our designs or home modifications.

"Genkan" a traditional japanese entryway