House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA

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  • Architects: Studio NOA: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  55
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

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.

House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA - Windows, Facade
Courtesy of Studio NOA

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.

House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA - Windows
Courtesy of Studio NOA

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Cite: "House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA" 31 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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