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Periscope House / Kuno + Aida

  • Architects: Kuno + Aida
  • Location: Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Toshimitsu Kuno, Tomoro Aida
  • Design Team: Toshimitsu Kuno, Tomoro Aida, Yuki Nokura, Kazuki Watanabe, Satoshi Suzuki, Toshiharu Terashima
  • Structural Engineer: Takeyuki Gaino
  • First Floor Area: 52.30 sqm
  • Second Floor Area: 56.54 sqm
  • Area: 114.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

© Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki

From the architect. A single-family residence located in a typical residential area, where two-story wooden houses are densely built. In order to obtain fine living environment while giving a minimum impact on the surroundings, we proposed a plan in which three volumes of the bedroom with the opening turned for the south are pulling out from the roof level as if they were a set of periscopes.

© Tatsuya Noaki
© Tatsuya Noaki

In this way, the house not only acquires a great deal of sunlight and good views within a dense urban milieu, but also a generous common space that connects the first and the second floor together.

© Tatsuya Noaki
© Tatsuya Noaki

Each interior space is gently articulated by the different floor level, allowing various and creative spatial usages.

Cite:"Periscope House / Kuno + Aida" 11 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>