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vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan

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Home cafe K by Mikaduki Architects

In a suburb of Narashino city, JapanMikaduki Architects built a one-story single-family home At home with an integrated Cafe. Designed for a retired couple who want to spend their time in peace, the project transforms an old two-storey dwelling into a one-storey building with the possibility of opening a house cafe. In this way, residents can enjoy their peace and privacy, while still being involved in the local community. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of ‘House Café K’ is the vaulted ceiling that spans both the residence and dining room and interacts with natural light to create a tranquil yet visually intriguing indoor environment.


from the outside, the building has a gray exterior with overlapping white boxes | image by Kazuhito Koizumi

two different worlds under the same vaulted roof

The project marks a new phase in life for the couple, who have now reached retirement age. The renovated house takes shape as a single storey structure with a house + cafe configuration. On the outside, the building presents a gray facade with white panels that overlap to maintain a balance between openness and privacy. The design integrates a street-facing dining terrace to create a vibrant space that is easily accessible to locals. In addition, a patio is provided for the couple’s pets, which is connected to the living room. It is also located near the café terrace, but still offers a high level of privacy, making it an ideal place for families to relax.

To enrich the experience of living in a single-storey house that tends to be monotonous, the team by Mikaduki Architects focused on creating a curved ceiling that covers the entire structure. The dining area, used by the locals, has a light, draped ceiling that creates a lively atmosphere. On the other hand, the living area, where the family resides, has a dark vaulted ceiling that creates a calm atmosphere. Although spanned by the same vaulted ceiling, two distinctly different worlds emerge from the House Café K.

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the design integrates a lively and easily accessible dining terrace | image by Munetaka Onodera

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vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the vaulted ceiling enriches the character of the single storey house | image by Kazuhito Koizumi

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
a bright vaulted ceiling brings a lively character to café | image by Munetaka Onodera

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the team at Mikaduki Architects designed a curved ceiling that covers the entire structure | image by Munetaka Onodera

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
inside the house/cafe | emerge two distinctly different worlds image by Munetaka Onodera

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the living area, where the family resides, has a dark vaulted ceiling that creates a calm atmosphere | image by Munetaka Onodera

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the house is designed as a quiet space where the residents can enjoy peace and space | image by Munetaka Onodera

vaulted ceiling drapes over peaceful house + cafe by mikaduki architects in japan
the project maintains the privacy of the residents while still allowing them to participate in the local community | image by Kazuhito Koizumi

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image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Munetaka Onodera

image by Kazuhito Koizumi

image by Kazuhito Koizumi

image by Kazuhito Koizumi

image by Kazuhito Koizumi

project info:

name: House cafe K
architects: Mikaduki Architects
chief designers: Ryota Kuboki + Takashi Yamaguchi
build: Nakano construction
Place: Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture
terrain: 277 sqm
construction area: 115 sqm
total floor area: 96 m²

myrto katsikopoulou I design tree

05 Jan. 2023