風趣良光の家 House of FU-SYU RYOUKOU

This two-family house is located in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture.
The site is surrounded by a peaceful rural landscape where crops are grown. There are no adjacent buildings, and the site is always well-lit with almost no shadows. We aimed to create a building that would not destroy the grandeur of the rural landscape, and that would give a sense of taste without being overly assertive.

The building is raised 1 m above the ground with concrete. This was done in consideration of the heavy rainfall that occurred here a few years ago. By floating the building, the building is protected from flood damage and also contributes to ventilation and humidity control. Furthermore, the natural lighting that is brought indoors, combined with the breezeway, creates a comfortable and healthy space.

The parent and child households have two separate entrances, taking into account the difference in their living hours. The entrance of the child household is located on the north side of the street, and that of the parent household on the east side. The boundary between the two households is gently divided by a shared guest room and a courtyard, creating a moderate sense of distance between the families.
Stairs are inevitably necessary for the approach. Therefore, a mound was created with embankment to reduce the number of steps as much as possible.
This mound was also placed at the bottom of the building and planted to cover the ground. By entrusting the continuity from the countryside to the site to the plantings, it is possible to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

In the children's house, each room is separated by a step. The bedrooms, children's room, and water room are located at the same level as the entrance, and the LDK is 1.2m higher. This difference in level allows the ceiling height to be secured, and also allows for a large number of openings. Through the openings, natural light, wind, and greenery are effectively guided into the rooms through the courtyard.

In the parent's house, steps were eliminated to reduce the number of steps to be climbed.
The various locations created by the steps are connected through the courtyard while maintaining privacy, allowing the family to feel a good sense of presence.
The building is clothed in wind and light and nestles in the landscape. This allows the residents to enjoy the richness that can only be found here.


  • Completion 2014.08
  • Building site Okayama City, Okayama
  • Principal use private residence
  • Structure Wooden 2 stories
  • Photo Nacasa & Partners