White Cave House
Takuro Yamamoto Architects
White Cave House is a massive lump engraved by a series of voids interconnected in the shape of a kinked tube. The connection of voids - we call it Cave - is the theme of this house. Internal rooms are designed to enjoy the minimum views of Cave characterized by its whiteness. At the same time, this concept is also the practical solution to realize a courtyard house in Kanazawa city known for heavy snow in Japan.
白洞屋是一塊巨大的突起物，上面刻有一系列以彎折的管狀形狀相互連接的空隙。 空隙的連接-我們稱之為洞穴-是這所房子的主題。 內部客房經過精心設計，可讓您以白色為特徵，使Cave的景緻降至最低。同時，這個概念也是在日本以大雪聞名的金澤市實現四合院的實際解決方案。
The client’s original request was a white minimally-designed house with many external spaces, such as a large snow-proof approach to the entrance, a roofed garage for multiple cars, a terrace facing to the sky, and a courtyard.
Though a roofed entrance and a garage are desirable for snowy place, it takes so many floor areas away from the internal rooms for the family, while the space and the budget is limited. In addition, courtyard style itself is not suitable to the snowy country because courtyards would be easily buried under snow.
To solve the problems, we proposed to connect these external spaces one another into a large single tube, or Cave, and have each part serve multiple purposes in order to make up for the space limitations. We designed Cave unstraight because it prevents passengers outside from seeing through, though it is not closed.
By this arrangement, Cave takes a new turn for each part letting in the sunshine while protecting privacy of the courtyard, the terrace, and the internal rooms. The family inside can enjoy the view of Cave changing its contrast throughout a day under the sunshine. Cave also serves as a route to remove snow from the external spaces in winter, otherwise you would be at a loss with a lot of snow in the enclosed courtyard.
通過這種安排，Cave在保護庭院，露台和內部房間的私密性的同時使陽光照射的每個部分都煥然一新。 內部的家人可以在全天的陽光下欣賞洞穴變化的景色。 洞穴還可以作為在冬天從外部空間清除積雪的途徑，否則封閉的院落會積雪很多到令人頭痛。