operable silver facade wraps japanese wooden house by seiichi yamada & associates


House in Nishichiyoda by Seiichi Yamada and Associates

 

Seiichi Yamada and Associates has clad ‘House in Nishichiyoda’, a private residence in Shizuoka City, Japan, in an operable silver facade. When completely closed, the reflective exterior blurs the home’s presence to the outside, mirroring the movements of passersby and the swaying trees and plants that surround it. When one of the three-story building’s walls opens, ‘something like a dark hole appears on the outside, and a sharp ray of light shines inside.’ Meanwhile, when all the walls are opened, exterior and interior spaces blend seamlessly and plenty of natural light enters the house. ‘By repeating this process, the house, which represents the invisible on the other side of the wall, is like a temple,’ explains the Japanese architecture studio. ‘Just as a monk opens and closes fittings in the morning and evening, these small daily activities create a way of living.’

operable silver facade wraps japanese wooden house by seiichi yamada & associates

all images by Akinobu Kawabe

 

 

RETHINKING the style of traditional Japanese houses

 

Seiichi Yamada and Associates approached the design of the house with respect to traditional Japanese houses, but also with the idea of building in the future. ‘We are trying to build Japanese houses in the future without falling into nostalgia by renewing styles and traditions,’ explains the architecture studio. 

operable silver facade wraps japanese wooden house by seiichi yamada & associates operable silver facade wraps japanese wooden house by seiichi yamada & associates



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