shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan
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jan 10, 2013
shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan

‘rooftecture OT2′ by shuhei endo, osaka, japan
image © stirling elmendorf
all images courtesy of shuhei endo



located in the dense urban context of osaka, the steel ‘rooftecture OT2′ house by japanese practice shuhei endo provides a rather different type
of home for a couple and their three children. the dwelling is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by houses on three sides, only open to
the north on a busy street. as such, the client asked for a facade that would allow light and ventilation, but would visually shut out the exterior.
a perforated corrugated metal skin wraps the front elevation and wraps over to the roof, effectively keeping the interior private while flooding it
with fresh air and diffused light. once having crossed the cold industrial exterior threshold, the inside begins to tell a different story. the walls and
ceiling are covered in oriented strand board (OSB) panels accented with cedar steps and hardwood flooring, which offer a warm welcoming space
in complete contrast to the shell. a central atrium with skylights brings natural light to the rear end of the house as well as services all floors and
programmatic elements. as different parts of the house are in use, the lit zones glow through the permeable envelope creating a constantly
changing patterns at night.



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glowing from the interior light
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door with chain push bar
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view to the outside through perforated screen
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entrance vestibule
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central stairs
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all wood interior contrasts the cold steel exterior
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stairs service all functions of the house
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skylights illuminate the darker ends of the home
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view from the top of the stair well
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site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2






project info:



architects : shuhei endo
project staff : aya houri
location : tenma, kita-ku, osaka. japan
completion : september 2012
principal use : house
structure system : steel
number of floors : 3
site area : 55.3 m2
building area : 44.0m2
total floor area : 127.7m

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