House with latticework
The house is built in the Kamata area, located north of the heart of Fukushima City .
Nearby is the Abukuma River running through Fukushima Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture.
The house is owned by the third head of a farming family who have been farming for generations.
Living together with his son who is to take over the family business, this house is home to two families with 7 members earning a living as a farmer.
The owner ’s requests were very simple; he was looking for a house for two generations with a farming-friendly line of flow using traditional materials which can be passed on to the next generation.
Through numerous meetings in the existing house, one day in late autumn just when the season had transitioned, the northeast region’s traditional dried persimmons being dried under the eaves resonated with us.
The owner has been living with this traditional scenery, and we developed a firm belief that we must hand down the scenery unique to the northeast region where the region and its people can feel the seasons. Based on such idea, we proposed the “house with latticework” .
We incorporated wooden cubic lattice to build a house which not only looks beautiful but also comes with security and privacy protection systems and plays a role in making dried persimmons and preserved food by letting light and fresh air into the house.
The inner terrace inside the lattice allows the family to enjoy transitions in seasons through the lattice from the living room. The roof is built in a square so that they can use any part of the space under the eaves.
We put a spotlight on a material which has been in use since for over 100 years and used plaster and tiles for the exterior wall and the roof, respectively, in order to build a house which can be passed on to the next generation.
The house is partially built with an earth floor in consideration for farming works.
This farmer’s house built in harmony with modern lifestyle will continue to protect the food and the climate of the region and to be loved by the region and its people.
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