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Japanese architectural studio KUS has designed the Machida M house. This two-story small house for a couple is located at the periphery of the residential area in Machida city, Tokyo, Japan. The architects have used the character of the site which is located near a forest slope, to create a space interfacing with the surrounding natural environment.
The dining room opens widely toward the vegetable garden on the south side through the deep covered terrace, creating a lively gathering space for the family activities.
On the second floor, there are quiet study and living rooms facing to the dining room. The large windows in the living room allow a good view to the north forest. The study and living rooms are covered with the large sloped wooden roof which create a variation in the space character, active and quiet.
The wooden roof structure of the house is composed of double and single beam which are folded corresponding with the slope and shape of the site. According to the architects, “Those are folded corresponding with the slope and the shape of the site. This deep cantilevered roof interrupts the strong sun light during the summer season and makes the interior space comfortable without using HVAC system. The radiant heating and cooling system is integrated with the rail around the double height space. It will cool the breath from the south vegetable garden in summer and warm the entire space with the floor heating system and the ceiling fan in winter. We are intended to create comfortable and sustainable environment.”
Image Courtesy: KUS Architecture