Kounan House in Japan by ALTS Design Office


The Japanese architecture firm ALTS Design Office has designed ”Kounan House” a house under the eaves that is located in Konanchoshinji, Kōka, southern Shiga Prefecture, Japan. 

Architect’s statement: This residence was built next to the main building in the area, where many old houses stand side by side. The client’s request was “I would like to have a space like the ones in the ‘Glamping resort’ “; and in keeping such a concept in mind, I attempted to create an area where the dweller can escape from their daily life and spend an extraordinary time.

Glamping provides visitors with a place to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and without a fuss. By adding a space with the attractiveness of Glamping to the house, we created an external space within the house. 

house with eaves in Japan image © Masahiko Nishida

We extended the eaves of the triangular roof, a look which is associated with a tent, up to the wood deck and lengthened them. Thus, we successfully created a quasi-external space where the outdoors can be enjoyed without the trouble of putting up a tent.

The wall facing the wood deck is made of glass, so we added 7.0m beams extending from the outside to the inside which connected the inside and the outside even more, moderately bridging the interior and exterior space. If you open the window, you can enjoy the outdoors while staying indoors.

If you open the windows and arrange some chairs and a table, the external space will become an internal-like space, which will help to create an extraordinary atmosphere.

I hope the client who wanted such an extraordinary space can enjoy transforming the room from an extraordinary outdoors space into an everyday living space.

Japanese house

image © Masahiko Nishida

Kounan House in Japan by ALTS Design Office

image © Masahiko Nishida

picture Frame on the wall

image © Masahiko Nishida

cozy living area with sofa and wooden table

image © Masahiko Nishida

Kounan House in Japan by ALTS Design Officeimage © Masahiko Nishida

double volume ceiling

image © Masahiko Nishida

wooden dining table for four person image © Masahiko Nishida

Japanese house design

father serving tea while seating on sofa image © Masahiko Nishida

wooden dining table image © Masahiko Nishida

father taking tea and mother teaching her kid image © Masahiko Nishida

toilet paper image © Masahiko Nishida

triangular celling with hanger pendant lamps image © Masahiko Nishida

green rug and chair image © Masahiko Nishida

sunlight enters the room through window

image © Masahiko Nishida

wooden ceiling image © Masahiko Nishida

mirror on the green wall image © Masahiko Nishida

house surrounded with trees

image © Masahiko Nishida

Japanese house with triangular roof image © Masahiko Nishida

house with metallic roof image © Masahiko Nishida

house with wood deck image © Masahiko Nishida

wooden deck image © Masahiko Nishida

Architectural Plans Plans 

Site Plan

Site Plan

Section and Elevation drawing

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