takashi yamaguchi applies sloping planes to create the folding house in japan

takashi yamaguchi applies sloping planes to create the folding house in japan

takashi yamaguchi associates has completed the design of a house situated in the hyogo prefecture of japan. the concept behind the ‘topological folding house’ looks at modern architecture as a base for the architectural plan. the scheme for the new home divides spaces by their function and creates an efficient distribution of space. surrounded by low-rise residential buildings, the new construction stands out as it is built by folding a single white plane.

images courtesy of  takashi yamaguchi associates



the interior space has been designed by takashi yamaguchi by bending the floor area to make one continuous surface. the house is developed to continue from one floor to another, to the balcony of the second floor, then to the exterior rooftop. this continuity of the interior surface and the exterior rooftop surface results in the exterior architectural form. in the visible structure, the intersection of space is articulated and the diagonal line is made, emphasising the sloped-plane aesthetic.



the interior is envisioned as an open space, with white walls utilised throughout to create light spaces. voids are also built between levels, emphasising the form of the exterior architectural expression. facing toward the courtyard, a large aperture is created in the center of the first floor, breaking up the elevation. during the daytime, this opening allows light to enter and provide natural warmth for the interior space. at night, artificial lighting attached to the wall surface to illuminate the space.overall, the architect has created a simple, yet bold form, resulting in bright and open interior spaces.



project info:


project name: ‘topological folding house’

project location: hyogo, japan

architect: takashi yamaguchi associates


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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • A beautiful white house in “Japans vast beige orgy” of houses and housing! Central heating in Japan is almost unheard of and this open plan house is an energy glutton and almost impossible to warm up.
    Part of the long story of the reason that Japanese banks consider that a new house will have ZERO value after 15 years.

    Stuart says:

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