House in Inokashira / Studio NOA

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Architects: Studio NOA Architect & Associates
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 86 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

The project is situated on a very narrow plot, and bound by a small street and bamboo tree hill. Sitting into the hill, this single family house acts as both a retaining wall and dwelling place.

Floor Plans

Out of respect for the trees that once stood there, cedar louvers and concrete embossed with wood grain suggest the textures and materials that sit in the forest behind the home.

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When it gets dark, lights from interior illuminate its outside vertical latticework creating ambiguities around the context.

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Cite: "House in Inokashira / Studio NOA" 28 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Tosh

    Why do you need windows if there are wooden boards stuck to them?

    • RP2504

      Fresh air.

  • Stan Majcherkiewicz

    Great project but the boards… mhhmmm…

  • wpgmb

    i would say this project is both interesting and futile. as always: where are the occupants? how do they live in this cedar-clad retaining wall?

  • chk

    Can someone enlighten me on why some Japanese prefer their bedrooms at the “worst” location of the house?