House for a photographer, work of the study Form – Kimura, is located on a rural road in front of the entrance of the village sanctuary, Shiga, Japan. It is a building of 170 square meters and is organized as a series of spaces framed for their formation of stacked boxes.
The exterior of the building, with an aspect of armored and compact element, is covered with mortar and galvanized corrugated steel.
The ground floor is dominated by a large workshop, which doubles as a living space. The windows project deliberate shadows on the interior, as the walls protrude around them.
A low-light passage attracts visitors from the entrance to the main body of the space, which, in contrast, seems immense and full of natural light.
At the end of an area of the gallery illuminated by a deep skylight, narrower corridors lead to the main living room and study area, and to a small living room lined with wood.
Light and shadow play important roles for both the photographer and the architect, so the project plays with the dark and illuminated spaces to achieve perfect harmony.
When accessing through a door in the corridor, the workshop has smooth polished gray floor, white plaster walls and a large set of steel sliding shutters that give access to a narrow patio on the outside.
The room, designed to function as both a living space and a photo studio, is equipped with windows with wooden frames that let in plenty of natural light.
A single room and a corridor occupy the rest of the floor plan, while a bedroom occupies the upper floor.
There is an interaction between traditional Japanese functionalism, with open plan rooms and functional divisions of spaces, combined with a limited palette of materials to create minimal aesthetics.
The materials used in the house for a photographer have a tactile quality that will age with the environment and therefore generate an integration and dialogue with what surrounds him.
Photography: Yoshihiro Asada y Norihito Yamauchi.