Satoru Hirota Architects Creates A “floating” Home And Gallery For An Embroidery Artist

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A extended, horizontal block is hoisted above the ground on a collection of concrete pods, providing views of paddy fields and mountains for the home, gallery and studio of an embroidery artist in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture .

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

The artist’s residence by Tokyo studio Satoru Hirota Architects sits amongst a principal street and rice fields on the outskirts of a city in Shiga, a region set about Lake Biwa – Japan’s biggest freshwater lake.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

Three separate concrete volumes containing a gallery, study and a traditional Japanese room – recognized as a washitsu – make up the ground floor. Paved terraces set amongst every give separate entrances for the residence and the gallery.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

These concrete pods also act as podiums to assistance a bigger block that lies horizontally across their tops.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

Even though the ground-floor blocks – as properly as a garage with a faceted porch set at an angle to the property – are smooth and light in colour, the upper floor has a dark, textured finish.

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This colouring was created to cause the ground floor to visually recede. The aim was to emphasise the upper volume, giving it the appearance of “floating in the rural landscape”. This prompted the project name, Floating Home.


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Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

To safeguard the residence from noise pollution from the adjoining street and to create a backyard to the rear, the architects erected a curving concrete wall around the base of the house.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

“In order to protect the residents from the surrounding noise, the 
house has been surrounded by a gradual circular wall,” explained studio founder Satoru Hirota. “
When you enter within of the wall, there is a serene room.”

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

The wall curls around a courtyard and garage close to the street, below the overhanging upper floor, and encloses a lawn at the rear of the property.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

Gravelled pathways and paved terraces provide routes by means of and around the base of the home, although a flight of stairs ascends between two ground-floor blocks to an elevated residing spot.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

The stairwell separates the artist’s studio from the primary living location and a bedroom at the opposite finish of the block.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

A prolonged balcony runs along the face of the glass-fronted block, offering views above the agricultural landscape and to a mountain past.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

“You can overlook the rural landscape and mountains from the living room, and can enjoy the feeling of floating,” said the architects.

Floating House by Satoru Hirota Architects

Photography is by Satoru Hirota Architects.


Undertaking credits:

Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota, Yasuko Hirota
Structural style : Nieda + Hisaeda Architects – Taizen Nieda, Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
Contractor: Tsuda Constructions – Yusuke Kishimoto

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