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House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

Osaka-based architecture and design studio Sides Core designed this straightforward, adaptable house in Mikage, a residential area on the outskirts of Kobe, Japan.

The two level, timber-framed house sits on a raised plot, making for a parking space in front, privacy from the street, and direct landscape views to the south. From the outside, two wood-lined square openings hint at the layout: one being a sheltered balcony on the upper level, where two bedrooms and a bathroom are placed, and on the ground floor, a terrace that connects to an open-configuration living, kitchen, and dining space. The architects conceived the dwelling as a series of “containers,” making for a flexible arrangement as the family’s needs change over time.

“Simple containers made of quality materials are the easiest to use,” said the architects. “You don’t grow tired of them, and they bring out the best in whatever is inside.”

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides CoreThe trestle table above, also designed by Sides Core, is quite clever in that it can be converted to a chabudai (a traditional Japanese low table), or easily moved to another space in the house.

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

For the interior, finishes of natural timber and clean white lend themselves to the minimalist lifestyle that that homeowners subscribe, as well as act in harmony with nature outside. The transparent architectural features, such as the timber beams, ceiling boards, and structural supports, are thoughtfully echoed in the use of wood for stair treads, flooring, and the upper level partitions, as well as built-in storage.

“Nature is present in the house,” said Sides Core. “South-facing windows lead to outdoor spaces, like deep tunnels that create a serene space by obscuring neighboring houses while framing the borrowed scenery.”

Sides Core was founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Sohei and Sumiko Arao. Their work includes both commercial and residential spaces that exhibit their non-traditional format, minimalist style.

More at: Sides Core
Photos: Takumi Ota

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