Lucky Japanese Architecture: Clover House by Katsuhiro Miyamoto

The highly original Clover House was designed by Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates and is located in Nishinomiya-City. According to the architects’ description, “a cloverleaf hall with 4.6 meters ceiling height is a common space for the family, and following this space, there are some laterally excavated spaces that looks like a “Modong”, meaning a Chinese traditional underground house

Three loft alcoves on the ground level are private bedrooms. Moreover, each bedroom relates to the exterior space. One can approach directly to their own bedrooms through the outside stairs.

In structure, a matter of great interest is how to resist sliding caused by earth pressure of adjacent lots on the north and east side. 9 mm thickness steel plate is used as both a mold and finishing material

The mold is filled with concrete so that resistance to the pressure is gravitationally solved. The steel plate used for the finishing side was prefabricated dividing it into 16 blocks, and all of the joints were merged for extra resistance”.

Enjoy the creativity of this “lucky” home design as well as its clean lines and minimalist, Japan-worthy interiors!

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