Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

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Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Japanese architects StudioGreenBlue have completed a house in Kōnosu City, Saitama Prefecuture, Japan, with an interior featuring white perforated screens throughout the space.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Called Distance of Fog, the project incorporates metal screens to provide sense of privacy within the open-plan space.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Th perforated partitions each have a different pattern and have been arranged to overlap each other.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

This overlapping creates a constantly changing pattern depending on the angle of the viewer and provides a distorted view of whatever is behind the screen.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Here's some more information from the architects:


This house is called “Distance of Fog” and it is situated in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

The project site is located on a cul de sac with seven other single family homes.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Cul de sac’s in Japan often are used as a common space for the families that live on them, and they are often used as children’s playgrounds or places of gathering.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

But unfortunately, most suburban Japanese homes tend to be disconnected to the street.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

This subdivision is certainly no exception.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

The client requested an “expanse of space” and an “open floorplan” which suited their lifestyle.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Therefore, we decided to design a house with a bright presence.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

We also wanted to extend the brightness into the rooms and naturally illuminate the common spaces within the home.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Privacy became the biggest challenge when deciding to open the home up to the street.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

It became apparent that the proximity of the home to the road presented a challenge of separation between spaces.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

So we decided to create a sense of distance with the concept of looking through fog.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

This concept breaks up the visual range, without creating a solid barrier.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Using the concept of filtering an image, we adjusted the level of visual information penetrating through multiple layers, creating an effect similar to looking though fog.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

First, we moved the house to the back of the lot and maximized the front yard.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Then we adjusted the level of visual information as it relates to the finish floor level, placement of walls, and also reflections on mirrors and glass.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue

Furthermore, we separated the private room by using perforated metal screens, each one of a unique pattern, and they were arranged to very specific locations.

Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue


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  • felix

    "Cul de sacs in Japan often are used as a common space for the families that live on them, and they are often used as children’s playgrounds or places of gathering. But unfortunately, most suburban Japanese homes tend to be disconnected to the street."

    So this is the design generator: connecting the house to the street to give it the feeling of overlooked public space?

    I think it's good old fashioned windows that achieve this. Their grid is too fine to allow people to see the street.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000484007310 Johann Koenitz

    like the concept. it brings light to places where it cant be normally.

  • ackeeworkshop

    i love the overlaying of perforations and the patterns they achieved.

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    Agree, the patterns are very very interesting. It reminds me of some works by Kuma Kengo, it is clear his influence on Japanese architecture. All in all a very fashinating project.