Yoshio Ohno Architects designed the 93-square-metre structure, named House in Miyake, for a site in Hiroshima, Japan. The one-bedroom home is built across a split-level site, which is separated by a four-metre-tall retaining wall.
“Our thought was to use it as one site again. It was arranged so as to straddle the four-metre-high retaining wall,” said Ohno, whose previous projects include a house with an orange enveloping roof structure in Hashimoto.
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The three-storey wooden building is supported by two black columns on the lower ground level of the site, with one storey screened by the escarpment, and two levels visible above the wall.
The wooden shell is elevated above a cluster of tree stumps that form an outdoor seating area on a slab of concrete.
The black metal steps climb into a volume lined with sections of pale timber. A glazed door at the top of the first flight of stairs leads to a bedroom and bathroom with grey polished concrete floors, and white walls and fittings.
A window over the bath tub to the rear of the property faces onto the stone wall of a neighboring structure on higher ground.
The steps continue onto the third level where an open-plan kitchen and living room, with pale wooden floorboards and counters, has large sections of black-framed glazing that look over the surrounding area.
The upper storey is topped by a corrugated-metal roof supported on a black metal framework that overhangs a terrace to the front of the building.