studiogreenblue: distance of fog
 
studiogreenblue: distance of fog studiogreenblue: distance of fog
sep 23, 2010

studiogreenblue: distance of fog

‘distance of fog’ by studiogreenblue all images courtesy studiogreenblue

 ‘distance of fog’ is a house that has been recently completed by japanese studiogreenblue. situated in the suburbs of tokyo, the project site is located on a cul de sac with seven other single family homes.

cul de sac’s in japan often are used as a common space for the families that live on them, and they are often used as children’s playgrounds or places of gathering. but unfortunately, most suburban japanese homes tend to be disconnected to the street.

the client requested an ‘expanse of space’ and an ‘open floorplan’ which suited their lifestyle. therefore, the architects decided to design a house with a bright presence. they also wanted to extend the brightness into the rooms and naturally illuminate the common spaces within the home. privacy became the biggest challenge when deciding to open the home up to the street. it became apparent that the proximity of the home to the road presented a challenge of separation between spaces.

so studiogreenblue decided to create a sense of distance with the concept of looking through fog. this concept breaks up the visual range, without creating a solid barrier. using the concept of filtering an image, we adjusted the level of visual information penetrating through multiple layers, creating an effect similar to looking though fog. first, we moved the house to the back of the lot and maximized the front yard.

then they adjusted the level of visual information as it relates to the finish floor level, placement of walls, and also reflections on mirrors and glass.

furthermore, the architects separated the private room by using perforated metal screens, each one of a unique pattern, and they were arranged to very specific locations. by overlapping the perforated metal, a moiré pattern is formed, which creates a screening effect, similar to fog. the moiré pattern constantly changes according to the angle of the viewer, and it creates a twinkling pattern at night. moreover, the light pattern is filtered onto the wall, the floors, and the ceiling and creates a softening effect like under water. it required the understanding of multiple levers of filtering to maintain brightness in the home and a new sense of distance to the public realm. through these design techniques, it successfully became the house on the cul de sac with a ‘bright sense of existence’ in suburban tokyo.

  • Love it!
    On the last photo I noticed a kinetic effect. Look at the middle left pic of the composition and scroll very slowly. Is seems to be animated or has a 3D effect.

    Airborn says:
  • This is amazing!! Would love to see the spaces filled with furniture to be able to amagine living there.

    Just don’t like the tile-floor so much. I would prefer an epoxy floor.

    No4cubic says:
  • nice moiré effect….

    pedro rogado says:
  • sometimes you see something and think
    I WISH I did that

    very cool... says:

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