K House is one of the few houses designed by architect Mikiko Endo. The interior is accentuated with exposed concrete and plywood surfaces.

I have noticed that each work by Endo (e.g., Ko No Mo To and Hakone Art Loop) has a strong sense of mass even when sheet materials are dominant in the work. By using slabs of concrete along with wood, this becomes most evident in her design of K House.

Despite its boxy shapes, the details have a subtle femininity that gives the house a voluptuous presence. This small house looks ‘stronger’ than most of the buildings designed by Kengo Kuma, and looks ‘sexier’ than the new Tiffany Ginza. (Sorry, senpai!)

Who: office mikiko
What: Single family residence
Where: Kyoto
When: 2005 (completion)
How: Two-story reinforced concrete & wood frame construction
Site Area: 4300 square feet (400m²)
Construction Area: 860 square feet (80m²)
Total Floor Area: 1290 square feet (120m²)
Photographer: Mineo Sakata

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