House M / Keiko Maita Architect

  • 09 Jun 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Yoshiharu Matsumura

Architects: Keiko Maita Architect
Location: Shunan,
Architect In Charge: Keiko Maita
Area: 107 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Yoshiharu Matsumura

© Yoshiharu Matsumura

House M is located in a rural area surrounded by mountains in Yamaguchi-Prefecture, Japan.

© Yoshiharu Matsumura

The clients, a couple who used to work long hours in the busy city, wanted a quiet house in the nature in relation to the rhythm of the sun.

© Yoshiharu Matsumura

This small house (100m2) was designed so that the clients would be able to wake up every morning and enjoy the soft light of the rising sun.  The exterior walls of the house are made of a semi translucent tent material which allows the sun to penetrate softly inside the house. The exterior skin protects the house from the rain, the direct sunlight and also acts as an insulation barrier. The construction of the house is simple and is made of a traditional wood frame structure. In the night, the interior light glows outside like a graceful lantern in the landscape.

Floor Plan
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  • august Wang

    the exterior wall is excellent!what is the material exactly?

    • Cypress

      I think it is some kind of fabric with plastic coating

      • august Wang

        something like tent material.

  • steve

    Would have been nice to have interior photos with the window shades closed. The bright light streaming through the windows take away from the effect of the glowing walls and uniqueness of the building.

  • elena

    only in Japan…where crime & vandalism virtually don’t exist.

  • Bassel Aswad

    A modern spin on the traditional Japanese sliding paper screens “shoji”.