takao shiotsuka atelier: cloudy house
‘cloudy house’ by takao shiotsuka atelier in oita, japan all images courtesy takao shiotsuka atelier image © toshiyuki yano
japanese architecture practice takao shiotsuka atelier has shared with us images of ‘cloudy house’, a two-storey private dwelling in a small-scale residential suburb of oita-city, japan. surrounded by other low-lying houses as well as farmlands and fields, the design focuses on the site’s flow of light and wind to create a living space that is open to its environment.
within context image © toshiyuki yano
describing a classic gable-roof form, the overall volume of the house is simple yet distinct in its exterior expression. running through the spine of the layout is a tunnel-like passageway that tapers inwards in a funnelling fashion. serving as the entrance, the sheltered void space opens up the inward-facing programs while maintaining their privacy from views. the metallic cladding wraps around the elevations and roof with skylights extruding out of the surface.
street view image © toshiyuki yano
elevation image © toshiyuki yano
passageway image © toshiyuki yano
entrance image © toshiyuki yano
predominantly finished in a light shade of wood, the interior maximizes the effect of the site’s natural daylight, taking in sunlight from the roof and elevated windows. the house’s circulation is reserved at the center of the layout, longitudinally reaching one end to the other with a midway second-storey landing. built-in shelving which runs along one side of the stairs, transforming the space into a library. two large holes on the roof have been excised to create outdoor terraces with views of the immediate surrounding.
view of passageway from inside image © toshiyuki yano
interior view of room image © toshiyuki yano
hall image © toshiyuki yano
views of staircase and built-in shelving images © toshiyuki yano
second storey and landing image © toshiyuki yano
living space image © toshiyuki yano
kitchen image © toshiyuki yano
dining space image © toshiyuki yano
roof terrace image © toshiyuki yano
image © toshiyuki yano
tiered outdoor space image © toshiyuki yano
(left) bathroom (right) view of passageway from bathroom images © toshiyuki yano
at night image © toshiyuki yano
image © toshiyuki yano
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level +1
(left) longitudinal section – A1 (right) cross section – A2
(left) longitudinal section – B1 (right) cross section – B2
(left) longitudinal section – C1 (right) cross section – C2
(left) west elevation (right) south elevation
(left) east elevation (right) north elevation
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