A geometric pattern of square-shaped rooms connected by rhombus-shaped circulation areas forms House in Hokusetsu, Osaka, by Japanese firm Tato Architects.

Tato Archiects, led by architect Yo Shimada, designed the house for a family who wanted an interesting and dynamic home that makes it easier to spend time together.

由日本公司Tato Architects在大阪Hokusetsu形成由菱形流通區域連接的方形房間的幾何圖案。

由建築師Yo Shimada領導的Tato Archiects為一個家庭設計了這座房子,他們想要一個有趣且充滿活力的家庭,這樣可以更容易地共度時光。

Rather than sticking to a regular orthogonal floor plan, Shimada developed a pattern featuring 12 squares connected by rhombuses composed of two equilateral triangles.

“The house is filled with autonomous spaces that can accommodate changes in lifestyle,” said Shimada. “It is a crystalline labyrinth where the spaces are repeatedly reflected into a prismatic figure.”


“房子裡充滿了可以適應生活方式變化的自主空間,”Shimada說。 “這是一個水晶迷宮,空間被反復反射成棱柱形。”

Twelve rooms on the ground floor are joined by six more on the upper storey, with the angular spaces in between designated as multipurpose communal areas that also incorporate circulation.

Shimada developed the concept based on a belief that the arrangement of rooms in traditional properties enforces a certain lifestyle on the owners. With House in Hokusetsu, he wanted to explore the potential of more varied and flexible spaces.


Shimada基於這樣的信念開發了這一概念:傳統房產中的房間佈置對所有者實施了某種生活方式。 在Hokusetsu的House,他想探索更多變化和靈活空間的潛力。

“Since we are familiar with spaces designed with right angles, it is easy to measure their spatial volumes and relationships,” Shimada added.

“However, by slightly turning the corners where the walls intersect, our spatial awareness suddenly becomes complicated, and we feel as if the limited space has expanded.”



House in Hokusetsu is situated within a dense residential neighbourhood and its exterior is largely closed to ensure privacy and prevent overlooking by surrounding houses.

Three internal gardens are incorporated into the geometric pattern, which extends onto the external landscaping. A canopy lining one of these garden zones creates a sheltered entrance porch.


三個內部花園融入幾何圖案,延伸到外部景觀。 其中一個花園區域的樹冠營造出一個有遮蔽的入口門廊。

Inside the house, one of the square spaces accommodates a decked terrace adjoining an angular concrete courtyard. Another rhombus-shaped void is split into a triangular terrace and a compact garden.

在房子內部,其中一個方形空間可容納一個甲板式露台,毗鄰一個棱角分明的混凝土庭院。 另一個菱形空洞分為三角形露台和緊湊型花園。

These secluded open-air spaces allow daylight to penetrate into the central areas of the floor plan and provide a connection with the outdoors within the otherwise enclosed design.


A skylight and large first-floor windows also ensure plenty of natural light reaches the double-height circulation spaces with wooden stairs leading to the upper storey.

The sequence of interconnected rooms offers several different routes through the building and a more varied use of space than is typical in conventional homes.



The building has a timber frame, with supporting pillars positioned at the corners of each of the square rooms. The result is a calm and muted interior that has a coherent feel, despite the unusual spatial arrangement.

Tato Architects regularly experiments with new ways of using space in domestic architecture.

Previous projects include a house built around a sunroom that can be opened up to the elements, and a home with an interior designed as a single room split into numerous functional platforms.

該建築有一個木框架,每個方形房間的角落都有支撐柱。 儘管有不尋常的空間佈局,但結果是一個平靜而柔和的內部,具有連貫的感覺。

Tato Architects定期嘗試在國內建築中使用空間的新方法。


Design: Tato Architects
Team: Yo Shimada, Nobuhiko Sato
Structure: Takashi Manda Structural Design
Structural team: Takashi Manda, Taijiro Kato
Construction: Hirota

設計:Tato Architects
團隊:Yo Shimada,Nobuhiko Sato
結構:Takashi Manda結構設計
結構團隊:Takashi Manda,Taijiro Kato



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