House H by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects In Matsudo, Chiba, Tokyo

Located in the residential area of Matsudo in the Chiba Prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo, house H was originally developed in the 60’s. With its recent redevelopment, it has now become a modern home for a couple and a small child, designed with imagination, practicality, thought and style. What may seem strikingly simple and stark is upon inspection, a really intriguing showcase in thoughtful design. This home has been creatively reinterpreted, based on this family’s needs and desires to create the perfect space in which they can live and blossom everyday for years to come.Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects – Hiroyuki Shinozaki and Sota Matsuura – have created a house that encapsulates a young family’s vision for both their present and their future. With its simple and perfect design, the building provides a subtle and comforting atmosphere. Clean not sterile, calm not cold, this home is a breath of fresh air, designed to be a living symbol of a family’s life by utilizing its large roof and structure where shape, symmetry and quality materials take centre stage.
The house’s structure, by the Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio, is the key to its magic and is central to the tranquil design where the bold plan and the abundance of light provide for a subtle platform in which a family can enjoy the true act of living. From the outside, the use of simple quality materials and clean lines is evident in the all white exterior. But inside, what really sets this house apart, is the fact that it is actually one space, albeit smartly divided, under an incredible huge roof. The pared back design of pine on white showcases the building’s structure, which is further enhanced with features such as Y-shaped supportive structures made of bonded wood that resemble bunches of traditional wooden attic beams.