House Sz, a Japanese private house designed by Teruo Miyahara / Miyahara Architect, located in Ibaraki , Japan. Provide the living environment with a rich atmosphere that is open, inwards and out, through the implementation of two different courtyards. This house use of internal courtyards to act as buffer zones between the spaces, and also to maximize penetration of the natural daylighting into the interior spaces.
Text Information by Teruo Miyahara / Miyahara Architect Office:
House Sz is a residence designed for a couple in their thirties. The goal was to provide a living environment with a rich atmosphere that is open, inwards and out, through the implementation of two different courtyards.
With four walls set at necessary intervals, the residence is divided into three major zones – private, public, and “plus alpha” zones –and each of these zones is segmented into individual spaces and functions using two courtyards and glass walls. The private zone is divided into the main bedroom, bathroom, courtyard, and hobby room, with the courtyard serving as a buffer to maintain privacy.
The public zone is comprised of the main room, courtyard, and garage, and extends across the front road to the foliage of the park. Here, the courtyard serves as an instrument to open the residence towards the surroundings.
Meanwhile, the plus alpha zone through the centre of the residence, besides being the core circulation route that connects all the spaces, serves as a gallery with 30-metre wall space. The floor is laid with concrete slabs and coated with a glossy protective layer, giving the space a special ambiance. It is as if it’s a mysterious cave that leads on and on, or a passage in Paris that guides people to new discoveries. Thus, we named this the “passage gallery.”