House in Somedonocho / ICADA

House in Somedonocho / ICADA

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  • Architects: ICADA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  44
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Shingo Kanagawa
House in Somedonocho / ICADA - Table, Chair
© Shingo Kanagawa

Text description provided by the architects. The project is a renovation of residential unit of an apartment in Kyoto, Japan. A three dimensional ceiling is designed to affect the perception of space and human physicality.

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© Shingo Kanagawa

The ceiling height changes gradually, from 2.63m at the living and dining room, to only 1.67m at the Japanese-style tearoom located in the deepest area. This lowest ceiling height is defined by human heights, and other three points were designed as high as possible in the limited existing structure. The geometry of the ceiling resembles to that of shell structure, and it gives feelings, even within a small residential unit, that your body becomes bigger/smaller. The perspectives in this house create the perception of physical extension and contraction. 


Round-shaped lightings are placed on the warping ceiling. They have all different sizes, from 300mm to 1500mm radius, and cast indirect lights reflected by the mirror embedded, creating the effect of erasing the ceiling edges. It also makes the feeling that you have another space above the ceiling. 

House in Somedonocho / ICADA - Image 10 of 17
© Shingo Kanagawa
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© Shingo Kanagawa

Ceilings and lightings are generally unconscious part of human perception. But this small intervention enhances your physical perception thus the richness of life.

House in Somedonocho / ICADA - Lighting
© Shingo Kanagawa

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Project location

Address:Somedonocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0844, Japan

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Cite: "House in Somedonocho / ICADA" 24 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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