House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA

Courtesy of Studio NOA

Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Project Area: 55 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

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

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.

Longitudinal Section
Cite: "House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA" 31 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • majchers

    Great little house. Very good front and most of the interior (some details there need more study I guess). And way too much of white as for my liking. Overall – great project. Congratz.