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The Nature Gradation

Novum Design Award

Architectural Design Category



Project Title

The Nature Gradation

Project Function

Private House

Project Location

Minoh-city, Osaka, Japan

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Office Name

Yasuyuki Kitamura

Team Members

Client: Shuhei Kimura, Architect: Yasuyuki Kitamura, Structural Engineering: Takuma Togo, Landscape: Akihiro Oku, Builder: Takada Corporation, Site manager: Masato Hino, Photographs: Masashige Akeda, Video:Tanpan studio

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Design: Yasuyuki Kitamura

Project Description

This is a private Housing for a young couple, located on the northern hill of minoh city, within osaka, japan. Despite the fact that the area is fast developing and known for its rich natural environment, the houses have little to do with the local character. the project aims to highlight the relationship between humans and the nature, while acknowledging the natural qualities of the surroundings.
The deep eaves of the light roof extend the interior, while the nested nooks and crannies create an ambiguous space. in addition, a pair of openings visually connect the outside with the center of the building, and a large top light allows the green of the trees and the blue sky to penetrate through. the curtains on the outside adjust the sunlight and line of sight, and the two pillars like standing trees give a sense of security to the generous space. the result is a light-hearted home that feels as if it is part of nature, rather than a landscape.

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Image Credits

Masashige Akeda

The Nature Gradation


DESIGN SCORE:      /100

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