suga atelier: house of cedar
suga atelier: house of cedar suga atelier: house of cedar
jul 02, 2012

suga atelier: house of cedar

‘house of cedar’ by suga atelier, osaka, japan image © yuko tada all images courtesy of suga atelier

japanese practice suga atelier has sent images of their recently completed project ‘house of cedar’, a residence in osaka, japan. oriented towards the north to overlook a sloping bank of earth and a river, a glass facade secured with a rectilinear pattern of aluminum mullions reveals two interior stories. the squared exterior is interrupted with a fold to create a reveal between the elevated structure and ground plane. placed along the eastern elevation, the protruding line runs through the main entry portal, continuing the crease through metal door.

north elevation image © yuko tada

a new structural system hybrids a wooden framing and steel bolts for a warm interior atmosphere. instead of surfacing the two interior levels with wood finishes, smaller struts are integrated and woven into the internal walls and ceilings to evoke the structure of trees, generating the feeling of living within a forest in nature.

street facade image © yuko tada

approach to the main entry image © yuko tada

portal takes on the form of the creased exterior walls image © yuko tada

living + dining area image © yuko tada

kitchen image © yuko tada

(left) stairway leading from entry corridor (right) view toward living room images © yuko tada

upper level bedroom and corridor image © yuko tada

bedroom on second floor image © yuko tada

bathroom images © yuko tada

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


framing detail

project info:

architect: shotaro suga structural system: wood structure site area: 205.1 m2 built area: 85.9 m2 total floor area: 154.4 m2

  • Would be like living within a game of Pick Up Sticks.


    Jim C. says:
  • There’s a playful yet absolutely masterful use of an elegant structural system and beuatiful tall space in a tiny plan area – congratulations Shotaro! I love the sculptural bathroom cantilevered over the creased door….

    royarch says:

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