kyoto-based studio alphaville architects presents its ‘2mm plywood house’ as a micro living space within a densely populated urban context. with a total floor area of only 45 square meters, the dwelling stands as a more compact alternative to the typical house while still offering more space than a one-bedroom apartment. the design team introduces two different atmospheres within the tiny house by dividing the space into two zones, each with a unique relationship with its context. the first area runs through the plan in a cross-shape, with windows opening wide to draw the exterior inward. meanwhile, the second area occupies those resulting spaces left from the cross-shape of the first — these areas are defined as four atriums at each corner, drawing indirect sunlight and natural ventilation.
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alphaville architects expresses the dizzying interiors of its house in kyoto entirely in 24 millimeter plywood. the team intentionally maintains this thinness to keep from too firmly separating the two areas of the dwelling. at the same time, the undulating wall surface reflects and diffuses sunlight so that the boundary between the two areas is further softened. the team, led by kentaro takeguchi and asako yamamoto comments: ‘living is a series of actions such as eating, sleeping, bathing and getting dressed, which cannot to be split into tiny rooms. here we designed not small rooms with poor relation with circumstances, but two spaces with different relationships with circumstances, where you can choose the space corresponding to the activity ranging from private and public, even working in the house for all day long.’
project title: 24mm plywood house
architecture: alphaville architects
location: kyoto, japan