An armored and compact box for a photographer

fotografo-photographer-more-with-less-01 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.
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The exterior of the building, with an aspect of armored and compact element, is covered with mortar and galvanized corrugated steel.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.fotografo-photographer-more-with-less-07

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.
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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.
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A single room and a corridor occupy the rest of the floor plan, while a bedroom occupies the upper floor.
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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.
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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.

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