Project: Urban housing for DINKS
Architects: Shinsuke Fujii Architects
Lead Architect: Shinsuke Fujii
Structural Design: Shuji Tada Structural Consultant
Contractor: Sanryo Engineering Firm
Design Engineer: Masayo Fujii
Area: 90 m2
Photo Credits: Tsukui Teruaki
Urban housing for DINKS. The client requested a large DOMA space for a café to be opened in the future. A large window was made on the street side to allow light and air to pass through, while a closed area was created to protect the couple’s privacy from each other, and a tunnel-like open space was created to connect to the city.
A wood-burning stove is installed on the DOMA floor on the lowest floor, and together with a chimney that penetrates the atrium, it warms the entire building. The plan also includes a high side on the west side, which does not rely on lighting fixtures that constantly drop natural light into the DOMA space on the first floor, even in a closed residential area.
Aiming to minimize the use of air conditioning in the summer, soft light from the high sidelights pours into the earthen floor space, changing in various ways depending on the season and time of day.