Yatsuya House – Japanese Home Takes Inspiration from Religious Structures

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Yatsuya House can be found in the region of Aichi in Japan. It’s been designed by local architecture firm, Hitoshi Sugishita Architect and Associates, for a young family who wanted to live closer to their parents.

The site occupies an area of 284-square-meters (3,056-square-feet), while the house contains 142-square-meters (1,528-square-feet) spread over a single level. The architects drew on Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines for inspiration when drawing up the interior.

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Project Details
Architect Hitoshi Sugishita Architect and Associates
Area 284-square-meters
Photos Hitoshi Sugishita, Takafumi Toshino
Location Aichi, Japan

On approaching the home, you’re welcomed by a transitional sheltered porch, which extends down from the home’s roof. This is again taken from religious structures that frequently feature large, prominent, entrance halls and porches.

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The interior is finished in mostly natural materials. Wood is prominent throughout, with the roof beams, sheathing and occasional columns on display. The walls are clad with a white stucco, and the furniture pieces are made from pale wood.

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Being modeled after religious buildings, it’s no surprise that they’ve used the various windows to create a dramatic play of light and dark. The overall result is an atmosphere of tranquility; a serene home that promotes a sense of peacefulness.

Photos © Hitoshi Sugishita, Takafumi Toshino

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