Yano House
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Architect Arata Isozaki
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Location Kawasaki, Japan
Date 1975   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System concrete
Climate humid, sub-tropical
Context suburban
Style Modern or Post-Modern


Discussion Yano House Commentary

"The primary ceiling height is determined by the varying elevation of the site, which slopes down toward the south. On the exterior the house looks very simple, with only one and a half floors, but a complex spatial composition is developed through five interior levels connected by stairs. Thin concrete plates are used for the walls and the roof vault to enclose the interior space, while large windows in the living room establish continuity with the outside. On the south side, however, the view is obscured from eye level downward to maintain the sense of stability in the living room. The vaulted bedroom and study are structurally united in one continuous whole, which, at the south elevation, ends in a perfect semicircular surface: another element designed to emphasize the sense of interior enclosure.

—Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. p118.


Design team: Hiroshi Nishioka, Masanobu YuzawaConsultants: Kimura Structural Engineers (structural); Nippon Kankyo Giken Co., Ltd. (mechanical)Contractor: Kojima-gumi Ltd.

Sources on Yano House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. reduction diagram, p212. — Updated edition available at

Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1318-5. LC 90-50795. NA1559.I79A4 1991. p118, 287.

David B. Stewart and Hajime Yatsuka. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1991. elevation drawing of the semicircular end, p119, plate 5. elevation drawing of entrance, p119, plate 4. plan drawing, p118, plate 2. axonometric silk screen, p118, plate 1.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Yano House


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