House of Sunlight Through Trees / StudioGreenBlue


Architects: StudioGreenBlue
Location: Kumagaya, Saitama,
Team: Mitsuharu Kojima, Wataru Kobayashi
Project area: 72 sqm
Project year: 2005
Photographs: StudioGreenBlue

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The site is a dense residential area which done land readjustment. This sit is surrounded with houses, so we can’t see any good sight if we made windows anywhere. However, we must secure the privacy, carry the sunlight and the wind. We hope a sunny and open house.

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It is seen a house frequently which has a courtyard to make a space to inside because a landlord despairs of the surrounding environment and close against the town. Is it a good row of houses and streets to be made by only firmly closed houses?

We think to secure the privacy with a house open. Putting a building distantly from the neighboring houses, and we made the houses open to the town. It gives the house the sign and the light of life, and gives the town the feeling of living and warmth.


Inside of the house, small windows are arranged the wall over, bring the lights like sunlight through the trees into the rooms. If it is a calm day, the windows will produce good ventilation from a different of temperature. That makes the comfortable and ecology space.

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The fragmented view from the small window makes shape of the neighboring house vague. And some windows clip the garden, some windows clip the sky, those clip the view and show a lot of looks. In the night, the lights from the small windows illuminate the fore road of the house tenderly. It is a school zone for high school student.

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Since making the walls thick with a lot of the small windows, the border between the town and the house becomes clearly, but it discards the strength of the border. This attempt builds a moderate relationship in the area where lost the adjacent community.

Cite: "House of Sunlight Through Trees / StudioGreenBlue" 29 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Nynke

    I like the content of this post; nice pictures and a conceptually strong text – I actually read all of it.
    However, the text reads as is it has been generated by putting Japanese through Google Translate. If I were Andrew Rosenberg, I would be ashamed to have my name under it. If you use texts as sent in by the architects themselves, wouldn’t it be wise to make that clear in the header?

  • up_today_arch

    Firstly I have tought about SANAA… but after I have seen the date – 2005… realy… same ideas visits a lot of heads at once…..

  • anon

    The grammar of the text is quite bad – however the house is nice! Apart from that ladder… that’s just crazy.

  • wpgmb

    House of Many Windows and No Privacy.

    strange pipes spanning across the space (bracing i’m guessing?); i can’t help but notice them in every interior photo.