Silent house / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Location: Saiki-city, Oita,
Client: Private
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 81.94 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

The cottage in the silent village between mountains. We wished to make the silence a space. It seemed to me that the block is a silent material compared with . Silence is made by the thing being alive It becomes coldness if there is no breath of a life there.

The block fit this place nicely. There are no fittings in the opening of the outside wall. Brock was just merely stacked, and the hole was merely vacant there. Quiet scenery exists.

Cite: "Silent house / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier" 06 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Ceno

    The material is kinda.. boring.. I don’t really like the wall and the monotonic colour.. silence doesn’t same with boring is it?

  • Ben Bradshaw

    looks great. When’s it finished?

  • kati

    well, we have lot of such buildings in poland ;)

  • muhaha

    looks like a prison…

  • Frix

    What kind of frustated persons are you to write such poor comments on that buildings?
    I don’t agree at all, this house reminds me L.Kahn’s “Silence and light”; i like the way they use the peripherical gallery in the plan, and the general atmosphere inside. Nice work on simplicity and modesty.

  • M

    hehehee…..i like fritz comment…hehehe…at least it made me laugh!!!

    I do have to agree with Kati, you find also lots of this houses in South America , the only difference is that in this case it was actually planned to look so …. the rooms are quite simple in form but rich in spirit!!!!

  • M

    i meant Frix

  • sr

    simple, sobre, beautiful.

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  • chapmaniac

    “here are no fittings in the opening of the outside wall. Brock was just merely stacked, and the hole was merely vacant there.”

    …did they write ‘brock’ on purpose? haha

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  • http://none henry

    Actually of all the projects listed so far this is the one I stopped at mainly because it’s something that can be built on the cheep by a single individual, and it would survive a forest fire. I would like to know how the roof is done so if you have info on that please email me at

  • Nicolás Verdejo

    Looks like a good ruin. This work is a radical point of view about our architecture. I agree with these kinds of works, the architecture could be thought like a devoid and austere builiding, this way becomes a gift for the future!

  • julia

    My name is Julia Tourinho, I’m from Brazil (Salvador/Bahia) and I’m a student of Architecture and Urbanism.I have to do a research about the Blue House in Saiki-city/Oita of Takao Shiotsuka.

  • u

    I don’t like it, it’s interior really reminds jail, it’s not the aesthetical simplithity… cold.. no emotion.. :|