In a residential district of yokohama-city, japan, the ‘pojagi house’ by tokyo-based architects kiyotoshi mori and natsuko kawamura of MDS. The interior of traditional japanese homes feature a space with floors surfaced with straw tatami mats, referred to as the tsuzukima, or ‘continuous gap’. Sliding screens within the wide open area may be drawn to subdivide into smaller rooms. this concept has been reinterpreted and expanded within this dwelling, incorporating a korean pojagi patchwork cloth designed by the owner. moveable panels of fabric are hung between a loose spatial arrangement of partitions comprised of a colonnade of wooden pillars. The square columns measure 150 mm, stacked against each other to form wing walls.
The exterior features a modular composition of cladding and windows, paralleling the interior theme. Surfaced with cedar boards which have been blackened with a heat-treatment process to protect from insects. Dwellers enter from the street through a concrete base, doubling as the foundation to navigate the sloping road. Individuals ascend to the first floor through an open-riser stairway formed with cantilevered concrete blocks. A galley kitchen and living room encompass the dining area, placed at the center of the floor plan. A high ceiling above the table and chairs reveal a lofted level through a ring of vision panels. Heating within the wooden components efficiently circulate warm air through the entire structure.