Situated at the foot of a mountain, E House by Hannat Architects is an inventive and modern approach to bring together traditional Japanese typology and contemporary architecture. Located in Miyagi prefecture of Japan in the Tohoku region, E house is the first residential project completed by the Tokyo-based firm which was founded in 2012. The initial plan was to build a family house for one of the relatives of the partners, but the rapid increase in building material and contractor costs due to Tohoku earthquake altered their plans. Therefore, the architects were left with a challenge to look for some inexpensive materials and cost effective methods for the building process.
Low-cost and easy to acquire materials such as plywood and cement fibre board were used by the architects. Timber post-and-beam construction method that the local contractors were familiar with was brought into play for the building process. Surrounded by mountain on the three sides, the sunny southern side of the E House offers majestic view of rice fields. Assembled along a curved axis, the house is clothed in dark, stained plywood which makes way to the rooftop terrace. A series of contrast rooms and patios have been organized along this axis by the architects along with carefully framed views of the open countryside.