shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan
shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan
jan 10, 2013

shuhei endo: rooftecture OT2, japan

‘rooftecture OT2’ by shuhei endo, osaka, japanimage © stirling elmendorfall images courtesy of shuhei endo



located in the dense urban context of osaka, the steel ‘rooftecture OT2’ house by japanese practice shuhei endo provides a rather different type of home for a couple and their three children. the dwelling is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by houses on three sides, only open to the north on a busy street. as such, the client asked for a facade that would allow light and ventilation, but would visually shut out the exterior. a perforated corrugated metal skin wraps the front elevation and wraps over to the roof, effectively keeping the interior private while flooding it with fresh air and diffused light. once having crossed the cold industrial exterior threshold, the inside begins to tell a different story. the walls and ceiling are covered in oriented strand board (OSB) panels accented with cedar steps and hardwood flooring, which offer a warm welcoming space in complete contrast to the shell. a central atrium with skylights brings natural light to the rear end of the house as well as services all floors and programmatic elements. as different parts of the house are in use, the lit zones glow through the permeable envelope creating a constantly changing patterns at night.



captionimage © stirling elmendorf



captionimage © stirling elmendorf



glowing from the interior lightimage © stirling elmendorf



door with chain push barimage © stirling elmendorf



view to the outside through perforated screenimage © stirling elmendorf



entrance vestibuleimage © stirling elmendorf



central stairsimage © stirling elmendorf



image © stirling elmendorf



kitchenimage © stirling elmendorf



all wood interior contrasts the cold steel exteriorimage © stirling elmendorf



stairs service all functions of the houseimage © stirling elmendorf



skylights illuminate the darker ends of the homeimage © stirling elmendorf



view from the top of the stair wellimage © stirling elmendorf



image © stirling elmendorf



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2






project info:



architects : shuhei endoproject staff : aya hourilocation : tenma, kita-ku, osaka. japancompletion : september 2012principal use : housestructure system : steelnumber of floors : 3 site area : 55.3 m2building area : 44.0m2total floor area : 127.7m

  • What a surprise this project is. I could never imagine, by looking at the exterior of the residence, that the interior could be so warm. Amazing. What a cozy space to call home and right in the midst of the urban core.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Fourth picture with the lights on reminds me of a horror set with fire set inside a cage

    Andrew says:
  • scale ?

    Romain says:
  • awesome. Simply awesome, true architecture.

    Virginia says:
  • This is why I love Japanese Architecture, its responsive to its surroundings and makes the most out of the available space. Original, contemporary and brave in its choice of materials. I commend those who are willing to take this type of risk, a bold cry from the drudgery of suburbia.

    Mr Green says:

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