The Inexact Quality

野村工務店 — Nomura Koumuten House
Takarazuka, 1 Mar 2010




House on two levels of medium size built on a hill on a trapezoidal plot in Takarazuka, in the Hyogo Prefecture, overlooking Osaka bay. Timber structure, whitewashed walls, sloping pitched roof. Sleeping area on the ground floor — three bedrooms with bathroom and entrance hall genkan — and living area on the first floor — wc, kitchen, patio, dining area, sitting room and Japanese room washitsu.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Formally, in plan, the two longer, non-parallel sides of the plot define two right-angled systems which find their formal connection on the third side, on the road, defining in elevation an incisive, faceted shape. Its diverse surfaces mutate the intensity of the light according to the incidence of the sun.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Inside, on the first floor, a large polygonal living room with seven sides possesses the inexact quality of certain medieval Italian piazzas, on whose sides the openings — now windows, now doorways — describe multiple directions of aspect and travel. The irregularity of the geometry, therefore, crystallises in the shape a willingness for dialogue among the parts which make up the whole.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Finally, at the rear, the narrow space created between the kitchen and the Japanese room picks out a small patio, whose windowed sides gather the afternoon diagonals of the sun on the tatami flooring of the Japanese room and reverberating blues inside the kitchen cavity. These two rooms give onto the living room through two low doorways cut into the white sketch of a high wall. Almost rationalised grottoes, these bedrooms made of independent light engage with the large polygonal room: dark and azure in the morning, light and warm in the afternoon.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo with Yukinori Nagao and Ayumi Taniguchi, The Inexact Quality, Takarazuka, 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten, 2010. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.




Kenji Nomura, the client


「この度、当社のモデルハウスを出典頂き、大変光栄に感じています。アントニオさん と協議を重ねて作り上げたものなので、我々の最も思い入れ深い作品の一つになって います。そして、アントニオさんの魅力が引き出された住まいになっていると思いま す。今回、アントニオさんのこだわり、デザイン性等、本当に勉強になったと感じて います。」

—(株)野村工務店 代表取締役 野村 健二

“I am very honoured to have received our model house. It is one of our most memorable works because it was created after discussions with Antonino. And I think that it is a place where Antonino’s charm is drawn out. I feel that this time, I really learned about Antonino’s commitment and design.”

Kenji Nomura, [email], Osaka, Nomura Koumuten Co., Ltd., Dec 2010; EN trans.: Google Translate.





Time: Oct 2009–Mar 2010
Place: Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan
Area: 150 m² (2 storeys)
Typology: detached house





Client: 野村工務店 Nomura Koumuten Corporation
Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Local architect: Yukinori Nagao
Site supervisor: Takeshi Suenaga
Interior coordinator: Ayumi Taniguchi
Japanese interpreter: Luca Balestra
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson

Construction company: Nomura Koumuten Corporation





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