Ogaki House in Japan

Ogaki House
Modern Japanese architecture has been characterized by efforts to connect the living space with nature and using natural materials in the construction of cottages and villas that emphasize the harmony. Japan houses distinguish some national features and elements of Japanese architecture that are often different from those in Europe.

Ogaki House
Ogaki House
Ogaki House
Ogaki House

Japan’s architectural studio Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates has created a unique design project – the Ogaki House. This original modern building in the form of the triangular silhouette was built at the request of the private individual in Gifu. This decision has been dictated largely by practical approach to further operation of the building. There are severe climatic conditions in this mountainous zone – cold winds in winter and intense heat in the summer. The sloping walls of the Ogaki House are oriented to the north and south and create a buffer against the cold north winds in winter and excessive heat of residential premises in the summer. In the Ogaki House all windows and entrance to the terrace and outside are located on the east and west sides. These sides of the house are decorated with wooden wall paneling covered with stain. That gives the whole structure a gray- green -brown finish which is common for mountainous region of Gifu. Wall coverings on the north and south edge of the building have been done in a modern and technological way. Solar panels producing free energy, panels for solar-powered water heating in the summer and computer-controlled blinds on glass surface were applied for this purpose.

Ogaki House
Ogaki House
Ogaki House

The Japan houses is constructed on the basis of a concrete foundation and steel frame, which carries the wind load and has a significant seismic resistance which is important for Japan. The walls are made of sandwich panels providing a good thermal insulation and low weight.

The main living areas of this tiny house are located in the central part of the building. In the same part had found a place a small inner court yard where tree had been planted which eventually would grow into a magnificent plant. The main living room is connected with the kitchen and forms a single open living space. At the first level there are also sanitary facility with a bath and a pool. One can find the same Japanese practicality and minimalism in room furnishings – desks, storage cabinets were executed as an element of the living room design. All the living space of this unique Ogaki House (floor, walls, ceiling) were made of precious wood in a single color.

Ogaki House
Ogaki House
Ogaki House

Lighting system at home has been done in an interesting way: in daytime sunlight passes through the glass panels located on both sides of roof slopes as well as in front part of the house. Light intensity can be regulated with the help of electric window blinds. In the evening and at night simple luminaries with decorative filament giving a soft yellow light have been used.

Ogaki House
Ogaki House
Ogaki House

On the second floor there is a room for children and family room. The premises on the second floor have the entrance to a terrace with a small garden which slightly dilutes severe shapes of architectural minimalism.

A noteworthy feature of the house is the originality and modernity of airflow ventilation system: the fresh air is drawn through a compact unit with ventilation fans and air filters, goes through the heat exchanger where it’s heated (or cooled) by heat from the air stream directing heated air outside. This saves up to 80% of heat energy.

Ogaki House
Ogaki House

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