In a rural village in Nagaoka, Japan, Takeru Shoji Architects built the Hara House, a tent-like timber frame construction for a couple and their two children.
The residence is in a corner of a family property that customers will inherit in the future and that already includes various buildings such as a main house, workshed, farmhouse and garage, encouraging the use of these other buildings and establishing the entire site as an interconnected village .
Since there is a main house as well as other buildings in the country, Takeru Shoji Architects designed the house as an “incomplete” apartment, in which the family also has to rely on the use of the other structures in order to strengthen the sense of community within the village. Every single building goes beyond the household, beyond the family, and different borders will loosely merge and we can try to create new connections, fences, and communities.
The residence is built as a large wooden tent, enclosing a continuous open space, eliminating storage rooms, partitions and private spaces as much as possible. Interiors are mainly characterized by wooden surfaces, while natural light enters the house through the structure’s triangular openings as well as the large side view of polycarbonate. The decor and furniture are minimalist and functional, and everything is traditionally simple like most modern houses in Japan.