green screen house by hideo kumaki architect office
green screen house by hideo kumaki architect office green screen house by hideo kumaki architect office
aug 29, 2013

green screen house by hideo kumaki architect office

green screen house by hideo kumaki architect office
all images courtesy of yukinori okamura and mayuko ebina




incorporating passive design principles, ‘green screen house’ by japanese firm hideo kumaki architect office, is located in saitama, japan. the house features a large green wall that is supported by the building’s curving facade. a spattering of natural light filters through the leaves into the outdoor space below, while the screen also helps to shade the building’s interior during the summer months. wanting to reflect the site’s former presence as a field used to supply food, and also as a beautiful rose garden, nature played a big role in the landscape and design. the courtyard was constructed around the previous location of two cheery trees, helping to connect the spaces together. through a detailed examination of the site’s wind flows, the green wall is positioned in the optimum location for plant growth and also cross ventilation through the building’s interior. an environmentally considered design feature, it helps to reduce the building’s energy consumption – modifying the internal spaces naturally without the need for air-conditioning. the screen also functions as an extra room for the house, offering a relaxing space for the family to enjoy dining together. the use of straight lines has been avoided, so that no boundary between spaces exists, and there is no clear definition of their function. the curving form increases interaction between its occupants as the different zones merge into each other.



screen acts as an extra room for the house, offering a relaxing space for the family to enjoy dining together



the play of sunlight through the green screen



thermally incorporated design principles help the energy consumption of the building’s interior



a barrier-free entrance



the wall of a backrest



view looking towards the kitchen with the green exterior feature



the house without screen between the months of november and may



detail showing the edge of the roof



project info:

architects: hideo kumaki architect office
design team: hideo kumaki(dir), natsuko mashimo
structure engineering: ohno japan
location: saitama, japan
year: 2012 (including green screen)
photo credit: yukinori okamura and mayuko ebina
location: saitama, japan
use: housing (residence)
site area: 600.00 sqm
bldg. area: 128 sqm
gross floor area: 130 sqm
landscape area: 450 sqm
parking lot: 3 cars
exterior finish: render finish + wonderboard



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  • Beautiful!

    Ricardo says:
  • Very nice.

    Trish says:
  • Anyone know what the species of climber is ?

    Trish says:
  • I’m fairly sure the climber is morning glory.

    bob says:
  • yes there are ipomaea in between others…There is a mix of deciduous. On the website of the architect they are more detailed pictures where we can see cardiospermum, tropaeolum, phaseolus… and maybe this mix change each year as it’s deciduous plants

    magali says:
  • They aren’t “deciduous” plants, but “Annuals”. I would hesitate to use morning glories due to their tendency to run wild in the yard and garden, rapidly becoming a huge pest. However, planting moonflowers (they have a delicious scent!) (Ipomoea sloteri), cardinal vine, tropaeolum (nasturtiums), anything from the vining bean family (double benefit being the harvest!) You could even go wild and plant a few cucumbers and winter squash (the screen might need firmer support to hold up the heavier fruits though.

    Mary G. says:
  • When I first found this page I thought it was about Green Screen Photo Booth, but I was wrong, but that is still an awesome unique design by using plants as a natural shade.

    Keith Johnson says:
  • I think the climber is sure not morning glory or any species of ipomaea by their leaf but a species of bean or pea family.

    TNCEL says:

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