Tuesday, November 2, 2010

baqueratta: TH house

'TH house' by baqueratta in tochigi prefecture, japan
all images courtesy baqueratta
photographer: katsuhisa kida

while utilizing a courtyard to visually enlarge a space is not a new trick in japanese 
modern architecture, tokyo-based architecture office baqueratta has taken a different 
spin on the method. 'TH house' is a single family dwelling in tochigi prefecture, japan, 
which features multiple pockets of courtyard spaces flanking almost all rooms and 
programs. while extending the interior space is the primary reasoning behind this practice, 
the house as a whole emphasizes the importance of framing, and how much it can change
the individual atmosphere of a room. 


living and dining area

while most houses with an outdoor space feature one large, collective courtyard connecting 
many programs, the 'TH house' accommodates many room-like courtyards that seemingly 
extend out from the interior walls. by sandwiching floor to ceiling glazing in between, 
the room is visually stretched along this axis, providing an almost mirroring effect. 
laid out in grass, tiles, or wooden decking, the attached exterior spaces become the backgrounds 
to their respective interiors. 

the walls, which are reinforced concrete treated in white, direct light into the house, 
maximizing on the natural daylighting effect. the windows are lined with thick black steel, 
emphasizing the importance of visual framing which is apparent in the design. 

bedroom and courtyard

the courtyard wall features a cut out to another courtyard to still allow for transparency and connectivity

lighting during the night

floor to ceiling windows

dining and kitchen

system of artificial lights wash up the walls

(left) courtyard extending off the master bedroom
(right) the wooden slats continue on in the inside


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