Katsutadai House – Yuko Nagayama & Associates
A Dwelling with shop at Katsutadai, Chiba prefecture, Japan. The outer part of 1st floor is a Patisserie and the inner part is a Cuisine, 2nd and 3rd floor is a Dwelling for a family of four peoples. This house has an aerial wedge in between 1st and 3rd floor, so that upper part of dwelling is looks like floating above a patisserie as a view on street. This aerial wedge will be changing its character as the photic layer with different times – During the daytime it will be a light-well for a patisserie, and the nighttime the lights leaking from this aperture like a treasure box is opened. And we can see a sole of dwelling volume in a patisserie based on its transparent glass roof. This house has an inter-observing relationship between a shop and a floating dwelling space that makes different independent existence in a single building simultaneously. Each space has a particular sense of distance to the surrounding environment. A shop space is a kind of continuous exterior with the streetscape where is only surrounded by low wall. And a dwelling space is more separated form the surroundings where is floating above the street and has non-openings along the street, so that dwellers cannot see other houses directly and vice versa. Additionally, we put a kind of wind-path in a dwelling part that brings the wind and the sounds form the outside to the inside space, and then dwellers can be feel an atmosphere of the street.
Studio: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Project name: Katsutadai House
Project Team: Yuko Nagayama , Yohei Kawashima
Total floor area：178.5㎡