House with Concrete Louvers by StudioGreenBlue

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House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Japanese architects StudioGreenBlue have inserted concrete bars behind the glazed wall in this family home in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Called House with Concrete Louvers, the house has been designed in accordance with the weather conditions of the area and features a long floor plan and a walled garden.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The architects decided upon concrete as a material for its thermal capacity because the site, located in the Kantō Plain, is thought to be the hottest area in Japan, as well as suffering harsh winds during the winter.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The louvres also act as a shading device.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

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House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The following information is from the architects:


House with a concrete louver

Now environmental problems are the most important issue on the Earth.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

However, in the other side almost of all people prefer the house using a lot of glasses for the spread of the space and depends on the air conditioner.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Therefore we think to make the comfortable house which has a large opening to get a refreshing feeling.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Using the energy of the nature, the warmth of the sunlight and the winds, we make a comfortable place, cool in summer, warm in winter.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The site is an inland area in the kanto-plain where is the hottest place in Japan.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The ground is surrounded by the field of spring onion, sandy north wind blow in through the gap of sash in winter.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

In such a harsh environment, inhabitants of this house, who are extremely sensitive to the cold, hope a room which is a warm and to be able to keep privacy.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

We picked on the concrete, that has a big calorific capacity.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Storing the heat, bringing the light, bearing the horizontal power, operation of sight, guiding the flow of the man, reducing the cold draft by using the concrete as the louver.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Making the house as the concrete louver primary, it indicates us a new possibility between a man and house.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The house has the opening, like a gate, to shut out the sunlight and take more wind in.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The space between each concrete louver contracts toward the bottom for blocking the sunlight, widens toward the top for seeing the sky.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

That easy turn becomes a sociable screen considering the privacy and temper.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

The gradation of the sunlight accompany time gives a gaily life.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

Japanese house has had “central pillar” and has supported the houses and the family’s minds since a long time ago.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

But in the present age when an environmental problem became the most important problem the concrete louver furnishes protection of the privacy and main role on the space of structure, the construction and energy saving.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

That shoulders the role of new central pillar.

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

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House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue

House with a Concrete Louver by StudioGreenBlue


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  • http://architecturaldynamics.bizbuzzweekly.com/ sandy

    wow great design!simple yet modern and elegant love it.. i wish im an architect too…

  • felix

    can the louvers actually cool the hot air flowing between them enough to make a difference to the temperature inside the house? this seems suspect.

    i find it very difficult to judge japanese projects because their approach to exterior space is so different to in the UK. if this was built here I'd say it doesn't have a good relationship to the rest of the street, but a closed off house seems ubiquitous in japan so they must like it

    i like the simple plan, not keen on the row of cupboards though. they hide the door to the bathroom and seem out of place. you can actually see what looks like an opening to the bathroom above them which is very weird.

  • roelatmac

    It's definitely beautiful, but for the thermal influence I would believe it more if the louvres were on the outside?

  • http://vosgsparis.blogspot.com desiree

    what an amazing place… never seen something like these concrete louvres before.

  • walter m.

    concrete louvers. big deal. so what?

  • http://twitter.com/DesignShuffle @DesignShuffle

    Very interesting find and well thought out

  • archibe

    Why use a heavy material like concrete as louvers?

  • http://bit.ly/gL2vRc reality

    Pictures are great. Yet I suspect in real life this is not so "sexy"

  • CHutch

    Pull your socks up Dezeen, this is poor and one of the most disappointing Japanese projects I have seen. The concrete louvres are cumbersome, certainly not elegant and only contribute to a disjointed project.

  • james

    Hear, Hear. I second that man CHutch! This work is clunky and lacks finesse, that column protruding through the space is an eyesore and the overall arrangements and detailing are unrefined.

  • C Appleby

    Nicely said Chutch.

  • GVT

    CHutch clearly knows what he is talking about.

  • lucho

    the louvers make up like only 5% of the whole building. so why name it 'house with concrete louvers'. i could probably call it 'house with tongue and groove floors'?

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    I think the interior is a very interesting space, fashinationg. A good project. Having said that… do you really think all these things about the louvres and the climate and stuff??? Please!!!
    Apart from this, as I said, an elegant project, especially the Tatami room, did you noticed the Ryukyu Tatami (the Okinawa Tatami), very cool at the moment…