jun igarashi insulates cuboid casa nord in hokkaido, japan
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located on japan’s northern island of hokkaido, jun igarashi architects has designed ‘casa nord’, an insulated home that efficiently protects its inhabitants from the region’s cold winters. the cuboid structure is situated in a residential neighborhood, where natural light enters the two-storey property through elongated windows. these apertures are carefully positioned to ensure that the dwelling retains a sense of privacy and seclusion, despite its close proximity to other buildings.

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the entrance to the two-storey dwelling

 

 

 

internally, pale timbers and natural finishes have been utilized to offer a bright and comfortable atmosphere. the ground floor level contains shared open-plan accommodation, comprising cooking, living and dining facilities. above, four spacious private rooms, including a children’s room and an office, are connected by a hallway that rises through the center of the design. walls are lined with urethane panels which protect against cold temperatures which can fall as low as -20 degrees celsius. this airtight construction method also provides effective sound insulation.

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the property contains shared open-plan living accommodation

jun igarashi architects casa nord japan designboom
cooking, living and dining facilities are situated at ground floor level

jun igarashi architects casa nord japan designboom
pale timbers and natural finishes have been utilized to offer a bright and comfortable atmosphere

jun igarashi architects casa nord japan designboom
carefully positioned windows ensure that the dwelling retains a sense of privacy and seclusion

jun igarashi architects casa nord japan designboom
the use of timber is continued to the home’s furnishings and fittings

jun igarashi architects casa nord japan designboom
upstairs rooms are connected via a hallway that rises through the center of the design

 

 


jun igarashi on a walk-through of casa nord (in japanese)
video courtesy of casa