shogo aratani architect & associates: house in tendai
shogo aratani architect & associates: house in tendai shogo aratani architect & associates: house in tendai
mar 14, 2012

shogo aratani architect & associates: house in tendai

‘house in tendai’ by shogo aratani architect & associates in kyoto, japan all images courtesy shogo aratani architect & associates image © yutaka kinumaki




japanese atelier shogo aratani architect & associates has shared with us images of ‘house in tendai’, a multi-level private dwelling for a couple in kyoto, japan. designed to limit direct sunlight as requested by the clients, the house explores ways of softly illuminating the interior by creating slit-like void spaces within the larger volume of the residence.

street elevation and entrance image © yutaka kinumaki



located in a residential neighbourhood of the city, the unassuming exterior features no visible windows in the conventional sense. a large aperture off the street serves as a garage with the main entrance gaining privacy through a small nook. modern and geometric, the street facade is read as a composition of faces that create gaps between their arrangement. a portion of the roof is lifted to generate hidden clerestories for additional sunlight.

interior view of entrance image © yutaka kinumaki



by inserting four slim exterior volumes into the square-shaped floor plan, pockets of space are created for an intuitive organization of programs. the main level accommodates the living, dining and kitchen area in an open but defined fashion with strips of transparency lining each nook. despite the design lacking vista windows, the dwelling secures a direct communication with the exterior condition through subtle shifts in light. private programs such as the bedroom and washroom are located on an elevated level in box-like loft forms.

(left) slit between boxes (right) view from living room to vanity room images © yutaka kinumaki

image © yutaka kinumaki


(left) dining room (right) from living room images © yutaka kinumaki


elevated bedroom image © yutaka kinumaki


interior view of bedroom image © yutaka kinumaki



(left) washroom (right) view of garage from dining space images © yutaka kinumaki


architect’s sketch



schematic diagram









3D model



project info:


site area: 191.59 m2 building area: 87.88 m2 total floor area: 108.25 m2 structural system: timber frame

consultant: S3 associates inc. general contractor: sakane komuten

  • I like the interior shots – need more exterior.
    The interior stairway is to die for/cutting edge, as in dangerous.

    Constructural Realism Maui says:
  • You don’t NEED anything – you may LIKE to see more exterior shots, however this is how the website/author/editor has chosen to show the building. Also consider the context – there seems to be almost no area to observe the building from the sides and this may well also be the case with the rear as is alluded to by the planning. Quite possibly this building is only meant (able) to be observed from the street so you have the full exterior story already?

    In regards to the stairs only three treads are exposed – a drop of up to 600mm maximum I dare say. Totally legal, even within the very restrictive (Australian) building codes I work by. In terms of the edge it is likely to be rubbed or rounded so unlikely to cut anyone and no more dangerous than a coffee table edge at the same height.

    Honestly – do we need to put rounded rubber foam pads on the side of ever plane so that people don’t have to take responsibility for their own movement through space? Where does this obsession with protection through design stop – do we eliminate stairs altogether as people may fall down them?

    Personal Responsibility Perth says:
  • really nice 🙂

    farzan says:

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