Yoshihiro Yamamoto, manager of Osaka-based architecture office YYAA sent us photos and information about Danchi Hutch, a modern residence the team recently completed in Kyoto. This house was especially designed for a craftsman and his mother, who had previously lived in a small apartment in the same area: “Danchi is a notorious Japanese housing complex. Since it is too narrow, it is often called The rabbit hutch. When the client consulted us to build their new residence, they requested a design of a narrow house although the site was large enough“.
The minimalist two-storey Japanese box-shaped home accommodates a garage at ground level and two traditional Japanese rooms with a kitchen above. Sliding partitions were added in order to better organize the space when needed. Walls, floors and ceilings are covered in timber boards. Natural lighting is allowed inside through generously-sized glass doors. [Photography is by Yohei Sasakura]
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.