House A is located in Abeno-ward Osaka on a narrow site within a traditional neighbourhood.
The brief required a multipurpose room that could serve as a Studio, Art Gallery, Bar or hobby room for the family’s daughter who is a professional musician where mini concerts and practising could take place. Therefore the first level has a reinforced concrete structure and is sound proofed and insulated on the exterior achieving maximum width space in order to accommodate these activities. Fair faced concrete walls and cedar scaffold board flooring along with an adjustable lighting system set the atmosphere.
The living spaces occupy the second and third levels and have a traditional Japanese wooden structure and natural pine wood flooring. The second level contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms and the kitchen. As it was poorly lit, incisions in the floor and walls were made to allow the flow of natural light.
The third level is a single living space with no joinery accentuated with exposed columns and beams to ensure visual continuity.