ArchitectsSTUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Text description provided by the architects. 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.
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.