K House by Kimura Matsumoto



Kimura Matsumoto




Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


images © Yuko Tada




The site faces a busy road. Near this house, there are galleries, studios and the park where music festival is held every year.

Our clients are an artist and his family. We thought, for the place that they make a work and lives under daily life, the state that the programs such as a house, an atelier, and a shop mixed was good. At the same time, we regarded “Comfort to live in the town” as important. We considered that “Comfort” to be that various hierarchies from the town to a person continued smoothly. Specifically, we used some scales (the scale of civil engineering structure, the scale of furniture/personal articles, the scale of behavior) across boundaries.

Firstly, we put a volume nearer south neighboring land side. Then, the left-over space on the road side continued with space done the setback of the western apartment, and came to have an expanse as a parking, an open space and an open garden.

Secondly, we made three different stories of the height. On the first floor, ceiling height is 4450 mm of the almost same size as the width of the front road (the scale of a town was taken in this house). In the second floor, we adopted the distance between the outer wall with the next door to ceiling height (the second floor like the attic inserted between the first far floor and the third near floor). The third floor is in the height beyond the surrounding roof, and is very bright (we experience neighboring roofs like a landscape).

For each floor, we provided spandrel walls of thickness 270mm. This separates the inside and the outside definitely and gives a sense of security inside, and causes an act from the outside and makes an opportunity of the communication with the inside and the outside. Spandrel wall changes its height in each floor accordingly the scale of behavior, a body and a town. The walls of thickness 106mm on spandrel wall are thin (the inside and outside bodily sensation distance shrink). The size of steel pillar (75×75 mm) is near to the dimensions of furniture and fittings (the existing difference between structure and furniture shrink). And the stairs and the handrail resemble the form of furniture and a tool (the meaning of the element becomes multiplex).

This building is made from such scale operations and limited material. We aimed at the comfortable life in a town full of sectional changes.

from: Yoshinari Kimura + Naoko Matsumoto