japanese timber craft highlighted in yoshichika takagi’s garden shelter
all images by daisuke hasegawa




displaying traditional japanese techniques of timber construction, yoshichika takagi has conceived this wood shelter in hokkaido japan. using a method of combining ‘two-by lumber’, the diagonal columns of wood creates the sloping roof form of a house, and bears the horizontal force of the shorter side. meanwhile, the longer ends of the shelter is supported by the pieces of two-by lumber arranged at seemingly random positions. merging with its garden landscape, at night the structure is lit up from within; the light coming through the timber frame producing a glowing effect.

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02the shelter was conceived by combining two-by lumber techniques

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02the diagonal louvers emphasize the shape of a house while inside

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02light fills the interior through the spaces in between the louvers

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02close up of the criss-crossing timber louvers on the ceiling


yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02japan has a long history of timber craft within architecture

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02the simple wooden shelter is based in a garden in hokkaido

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02at night the space is lit from within

yoshichika-takagi-wood-shelter-hokkaido-japan-designboom-02the light produces a glow which seeps through the gaps of the timber frame