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House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA

  • Architects: Studio NOA
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
  • Area: 55.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of studio noa

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From the architect. An exterior wall has an obvious yet important role, separating the inside from the outside. In many wooden structures, exterior walls are divided into many layers, each with various purposes. The outer layer is made to protect against weather, dirt and fire, while inner layers need fireproofing as well as aesthetic attributes. As a result, the total thickness can be 20 cm thick.

Courtesy of  studio noa
Courtesy of studio noa

For this project we developed and added one more layer to it. Raised from the face of the unit, the translucent cladding softens incoming light and blurs the visibility of both passerby's and inhabitants. The milky surface extends over the windows to obstruct the view of neighboring structures and street-level traffic, while other less-compromised views and openings remain exposed.

Courtesy of  studio noa
Courtesy of studio noa
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