Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

 

To Japan (my but we do get about. Thanks, internet).

Being cheap and simple myself I do love it when architecture follows suit, and makes a virtue of the combination. This little house in the Kanagawa Prefecture is by . The photos are by Kenichi Suzuki.

Prosaically, this is a two bedroom house on a sloping site. The response to the brief is poetic.

 

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

 

Look at the site – the contours of the land kink at about a twenty degree angle from the horizontal. In deference to this, so does the timber framing. This difference is allowed to imbue the otherwise straightforward interior with a crisscrossed complexity. Two sets of gridded roof beams intersect at different heights, the lower ones sailing across the entire length of the house. The higher beams come to rest on top of these and somewhere in between the distant skies and the structural jointing, magic happens.

 

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

 

The planks of the roof beams fold down and divide the pavilion up into little open rooms. Bookshelves are slotted in between – how I love a room full of books. How I love ‘just enough’ spaces. How I wish I’d thought of this! The ceiling is jacked up so that the space opens to views out over the landscape below. It’s not a lot but it’s really beautiful.

The floor slab is detailed so as to float above the ground line, adding to the lightness and almost impermanent character of the house. That hefty fairfaced concrete plinth notwithstanding, you could almost see this house fluttering away on a breeze.

 

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Kanagawa, Japan | Yellowtrace.

 

The materials are humble. Concrete, timber, and glass. The fibrous ceiling panels remind me of some pretty hideous structures from my childhood in rural New South Wales, but here they are perfect – just think how garish crisp white plasterboard would be in their stead. The lights are just bracket fittings with naked bulbs. The discretion here is absolute. The whole place looks like a masterful (masterful!) reworking of case study house ideals – keep it simple, keep it cheap, make it fantastic.

We’ll leave it there. What a treat, what a treat.

Ende.

Text by  for Yellowtrace.

 


[Photography by Kenichi Suzuki. Images courtesy of .]

 

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Luke Moloney
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Luke is an architect from Sydney who has travelled extensively throughout Australia, Western Europe and Southern Africa. He has a deep appreciation of Scandinavian architecture and design, and a love of architectural history in general. He believes that the best design is beautiful and accessible, uncomplicated, and a pleasure. Luke buys far too many books, and in his spare time wonders if he has what it takes to be ‘Detail’ magazine’s first cover model.

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  1. Architecture | Yellowtrace 2013 Archive.

    […] // São Paulo, Brazil. 23 | Idokoro House by mA-Style Architects // Shizouka, Japan. 24 | Geo Metria by Mount Fuji Architects Studio // Kanagawa, Japan. 25 | House 1 by Pitsou Kedem // Ramat Hasharon, Israel. 26 | BT House by Studio Guilherme Torres […]

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