Terada House – A Small Family Home that Embraces Wood Construction

This house, from Fujieda in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan, has been designed for a family of four. The clients approached a local company by the name of Mizuno Architecture Design Association (MADA), who set about creating their ideal home based on their requirements, and the site restraints.

The completed project has been dubbed Terada House. It’s composed of an annex, set next to an existing home, on what was previously an empty plot.

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Project Details
Architects Mizuno Architecture Design Association
Location Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Year 2017
Photos Yoshiharu Hama, Studio melos

The first limitation placed on the designers was the physical size of the site. Terada House is built on a footprint that measures just 7.28-by-7.28 meters. As is frequently the case in Japan, the material of choice for the structure was wood combined with steel elements.

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The roof ridge lines were designed to align with diagonal lines of the square plan. We chose this configuration because it enabled us to study various configurations and the level of comfort in the interior space and simultaneously figure out the most effective dimensions of exterior walls considering the surrounding environment by parametrically adjusting heights of four top points of the cuboid. – MADA

The interior is largely finished in wood, and the ceiling – in places – gives way to the sloped roof above, creating a double height space. You’re never far from wood in this home, be it the wood flooring, plywood ceilings, or the exposed rafters that support the roof.

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Our idea was to determine a volume that does not overwhelm the existing house or surroundings, as well as providing an interior space that is comfortable, open, and secure at the same time. By seeking a good balance between the effort to reduce the volume of architecture in consideration for the surrounding environment and the desire to increase the interior space, we aimed to create architecture with the high spatial density. – MADA

The interior living spaces are split over three levels: a ground floor, first floor and second floor. The ground floor contains the shared rooms, like the kitchen, dining and living area. The second floor features the bathroom/washroom, the master bedroom, second living room, and a study. The final level of the house is dedicated entirely to the kids.

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Photos © Yoshiharu Hama, Studio melos

1 Comment
  1. This is an interesting house. But I am always amazed that so many Japanese houses seem to lack the same level of safety concerns that homes in America are required by code to include.

    For example, note that the house seems to totally lack stair (ship’s ladder?) handrails as well as guard-rails around openings between floors.

    A house exactly like this one could not be built in America, and also possibly in many other countries that have building codes like the ones we are required to design around.

    Do the Japanese accept high risk levels and use slipping, falling, and injury as a teaching opportunity in their society?l

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