studio noa: house in kikuicho studio noa: house in kikuicho
jul 12, 2011

studio noa: house in kikuicho

‘house in kikuicho’ by studio noa, tokyo, japan images courtesy of studio noa

japanese practice studio noa has completed ‘house in kikuicho’, a single family home in tokyo, japan. enwrapped in a corrugated exterior skin, the residence seeks to disconnect itself from the dense surrounding environment, while benefiting from the effects of natural light and ventilation.

front facade

raised from the face of the unit, the translucent cladding softens incoming light and blurs the visibility of both passerby’s and inhabitants. where in view of neighboring structures and street-level traffic, the milky surface extends over the windows to obstruct the view, while other less-compromised openings remain exposed.

stairs leading from entrance to second level

conceived as an open environment, the residence features permeable and loosely defined spaces that

allow the family to be in contact with each other at all times. the kitchen, living room, and dining room

are hosted on the second level, flanked by the principal bedroom and entrance below, and children’s

rooms above.

view of kitchen

kitchen, living room, dining room

built in storage flanks one side of the communal living space


translucent cladding covers the windows on street level

child’s bedroom


exterior at night

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

roof plan

south elevation

north elevation

west elevation

east elevation



project info:

site size: 35m2 site type: urban building area:19m2 total floor area: 55m2 main structure: timber frame number of stories: 3

  • I wonder what the thermal impact is of the plastic corrugated skin.

    L Rubin says:
  • surely those internal voids in the translucent skin will be a great place for dirt to collect and bugs to breed; and a nigthmare to clean.

    nicey says:
  • how does the plastic stay clean? It seems to be exposed to the elements.

    jill says:
  • Horrible!!! If you open the windows you can slam your face against the neighbor’s house!!!

    Dario says:
  • Beautiful and private!

    kim says:

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