Seaside house by IZUE makes the most out of natural light
Set on Awaji Island, off the coast near Osaka, this family house designed by IZUE architects coordinates natural light with smart solutions to create a lightbox-like effect. Built on a hilltop overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, the charmingly rural setting inspired the architects to apply homely elements to the otherwise minimalist house. The building operates with clear cubic lines and is void of any ornamentation, except for the slatted wooden porch on the entrance side.
The white-painted timber construct has several functions: it breaks the strict geometry of the building, while the cut-out shape takes a reference to classic gabled houses, and also serves as a frame to the views opening up from the opposite side of the house to the sea. The gaps between the wooden slats let natural light filter through during the day, while in the evening the artificial light coming from the inside creates a welcoming, homely atmosphere.
Light is a key feature of other parts of the house as well. The open plan kitchen is lit by vaulted light punctuating through the upper floor balcony. The slanted skylight focuses light into a single beam, while also acts as a reflector doubling the interior’s artificial light. The light character of the house, both in the sense of luminous and breezy, is further strengthened by white walls and flooring, and the minimal furniture.
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