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Enriched Functionality: Hut House by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Enriched Functionality: Hut House by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Hut House by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates Ph. courtesy Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Designed by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates, this hut-like addition to an existing house is located in the outskirts of the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. The site has two main houses, a study hut, and a shed. The area around the building is a peaceful place with fields and bamboo forests. The new addition provides communal spaces and enriches and expands the idea of a conventional house.

Ph. Courtesy Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

The site includes a livestock hut that was built several decades ago. Now, however, two or three generations are living on a single site throughout its multiple buildings. The client requested a new study room, a kitchen with a dining room, a storage space for materials, a break room for workers to relax, and a place where locals can gather in the event of an emergency in this earthquake-prone area. The main house is private and the new hut adds lively spaces for the local community to gather.

The structural frame is a pre-plated square pipe that functions as an assembly pillar. Shelves can be added freely between the pillars adding further functionality. The base material of the exterior is a cedar roofing board that is screwed to the intermediate beam. Unpainted, it remains visible from the inside.

This building uses wire mesh instead of braces as an earthquake-resistant element. An opening for light is created by hooking polycarbonate onto this wire mesh without using a sash. The sunroom has a shutter at the entrance, which allows for the room to open towards the outside.

Ph. Courtesy Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Aichi, Japan/ AREA: m2 (built) / PROGRAM: house / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates / PHOTOS: Courtesy of the architect

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