level architects' house in ofuna sports a deeply angled roofline level architects' house in ofuna sports a deeply angled roofline
jun 17, 2013

level architects' house in ofuna sports a deeply angled roofline

level architects: house in ofuna

all images courtesy of level architects


a home in southern japan by local firm level architects employs a dark, richly grained wooden skin to envelope the orthogonal volume. the horizontality of the planes is met with a deep, oblique roofline that serves to admit ample amoutns of natural light and create a framing device for the surrounding suburban streetscape. the cut int the volume artfully obliterates the grid of neutral tectonics in favor of visually inviting in the treetops. interiors and exteriors are imagined as a sequence of spaces that are organized around the open voids and layer within themselves as a network of recessed rooms. the result is a streamlined interior landscape within which even the movements of children are unperturbed.



the home in context



the open-air upper room is merely a hint from the street and creates a material dichotomy with the wooden facade


the exterior is part of a tectonic dialogue of layered recesses



the upper level becomes a nexus of activity



choice apertures lighten the volume



spaces are characterized by openness and a sharing gradient



top-level openness is the preferred spatial attitude of interiors and exteriors



a central void organizes the sequential programming



each level benefits from the atria



spaces remain unperturbed by the movements of children








  • how refreshing to see children considered in the design process… all of those spaces could also be altered over time when the children grow up.

    elliot says:

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