light grain house by yoshiaki yamashita includes a perforated steel façade
light grain house by yoshiaki yamashita includes a perforated steel façade
apr 12, 2016

light grain house by yoshiaki yamashita includes a perforated steel façade

light grain house by yoshiaki yamashita includes a perforated steel façade
all images by eiji tomita




in the japanese city of osaka, architect yoshiaki yamashita has completed ‘light grain’, a three storey residence that features a perforated façade. designed for a young couple and their son, the brief called for a home that balanced the incorporation of natural light and ventilation with the need for privacy. occupying a plot of just 80 square meters, the upper level of the timber structure is clad with a steel screen, punctured with hundreds of circular openings that diffuse daylight throughout the building.

the house is located in the japanese city of osaka




the same motif is applied to the flooring at the rear of the property, allowing light to reach a small enclosed garden that borders a ground floor bedroom. this area also adjoins a traditional japanese room, complete with tatami mats. a staircase leads to the home’s primary living accommodation above, where a kitchen is joined by a spacious dining room flanked by two secluded terraces. the uppermost storey contains the dwelling’s sleeping quarters, and features a fully external balcony elevated above the surrounding neighborhood.

the three storey residence features a perforated façade

hundreds of circular openings diffuse daylight throughout the building

the garage at ground floor level

light reaches a small garden

the enclosed space borders a ground floor bedroom

a traditional japanese room is complete with tatami mats

living accommodation is found at the intermediate level

the living space is flanked by two external terraces

a fully external balcony is elevated above the surrounding neighborhood 



project info:


location: osaka, japan
type: residential
structure: wooden 3-storey
site area: 80 sqm
photography: eiji tomita

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