future-scape architects: house in nagaoka future-scape architects: house in nagaoka
aug 01, 2011

future-scape architects: house in nagaoka

‘house in nagaoka’ by future-scape architects located in nagaoka, japan images © future-scape architects

designed by japanese practice future-scape architects, ‘house in nagaoka’ is a single family residence in nagaoka of northern japan. the region’s snow accumulations of three meters and the dwelling’s close proximity to an established factory became predominant factors affecting the structure’s form. a deep roof overhang reaches towards the neighboring industrial building protecting the entry walkway from becoming barricaded during blizzards.

dark facade contributes to passive solar gain in winter

upon entering the space, the visitors attention is drawn upward to the large voids penetrating the ceiling. these interior openings pass through the floor plate of the loft allowing natural light to reach the lower level spaces. especially useful in winter, the sun’s warming rays can enter rooms located within the center of the arrangement. central heating and cooling encapsulated within the floor utilizes the opportunities for vertical circulation to quickly ventilate the home. expansive ribbon windows possess four air spaces to ensure the insulation of conditioned air and maximize daylight.

double height entry foyer

secondary entrance

view of secondary entrance through floor of the loft

voids above rooms on lower level

lower level corridor with open ceiling

loft level

loft bedroom

lower level corridor from loft

loft at night

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1




  • Extreme acrobatic cleaning

    Dangerous design… is not good.

    riccardo says:
  • Railings! Where are the railings!

    DetailBear says:
  • so you just fall to the ground level through those gaps on the ‘loft’ level?!

    MS says:
  • the open [email protected] is…scary.

    A.A says:
  • umm i don’t understand why the bedroom has a door after all that open space/slash/visual privacy…
    and obviously the kids aren’t allowed upstairs. nor the clutzes for that matter.

    rosidae says:

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