takao shiotsuka atelier: cloudy house
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feb 13, 2012

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

site plan

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

  • I’ll bet the neighbors are so pleased!

    allen says:
  • It looks like a little shopping center with that open corridor at the middle and with that fence at every glass doors. I like the way that the terrace is open to the sky.

    MM says:
  • screw the neighbors

    askmeificare says:
  • I think it looks great

    http://www.fittingkitchenworktops.co.uk says:
  • great!

    marina says:
  • Its appealing, good for library/ studio.

    ds9n says:
  • Architecture is circulation, and nothing else.
    This is architecture

    efs says:
  • Don’t like the fact, as MM said “It looks like a shopping centre” especially with the fencing. Also, I know it’s Japan, but I wouldn’t like the thought of randoms and maybe homeless people taking shelter in the corridor part!

    Rant over…

    Really like the open air terrace addition. They’ve also done alot with the minimalist space which is interesting.

    Dosidal says:
  • The house is so peaceful except the air condition…Also does this house love green?

    sumeyye says:

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