Noh House / Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

  • 01:00 - 8 May, 2011
Noh House / Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
  • Project Team

    Koji Tsutsui, Takashi Sugimoto
  • Structural Engineers

    Takashi Manda
  • General Contractor

    Heisei Construction Co., Ltd
  • Area

    162.9 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +10

From the architect. The Noh House was built for a Noh performer within a quiet residential area in Tokyo. The traditional Japanese musical drama has been performed for over 700 years, and the Noh stage is composed of a main stage and a bridge (runway) that connects to a backstage. While meeting the client’s functional requirements such as daily living spaces and a Noh rehearsal room, Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates wanted to incorporate the soul of Noh into the architecture.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

Rather than complete isolating the rehearsal room, I integrated it into the living spaces. The rehearsal room is also a Japanese tearoom, which is done in traditional Japanese finishes such as a calligraphy-ink wall, traditional quince tree flooring, silver Japanese alcove, concrete ceiling & shoji screen and lures one into a deep meditation. 

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

 This rehearsal room located at the top of the house and the living spaces at the bottom are connected by a stair, which gradually rises through the double height space of the living room. The house is a simulacrum of Noh stage set up vertically where the daily routine of climbing up a stair gradually becomes a ritualistic walk on the runway towards the Noh stage. The soul of Noh performer is materialized into architecture.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
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