Y House by TOFU


Y House by TOFU

Here's another house by Osaka studio TOFU Architects (see their N House in our earlier story), this time located in Fukui, Japan, and completely wrapped in a material normally used for roofing. 

Y House by TOFU

Called Y House, the tall narrow building has a sloping roof and staggered façade clad in an aluminium-zinc alloy.

Y House by TOFU

There are three storeys at the front of the house but the sloping roof means there are only two floors at the rear of the building.

Y House by TOFU

The living space is located on the second floor, with a large window providing views of the surrounding fields and mountains.

Y House by TOFU

The spare room sits in the eaves at the very top of the house, with a little glazed section in the middle of its floor, allowing views into the level below.

Y House by TOFU

Photographs are by Dan Imai.

Y House by TOFU

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Y House by TOFU

Here's some more information from the architects:


This is small house for the young couple in Obama, Fukui, Japan. There is a vacant lot around the site.

Y House by TOFU

So, by creating a large window on the second floor, it is possible to see paddy fields, mountains, sky and feel to spread over a floor area.

Y House by TOFU

This plan has high ceilings and large living with cross sections of two small rooms. By the relationship between great room and small room, we created many different places in the small house.

Y House by TOFU

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The house is wrapped with galvalume, the black masses standing quietly in vacant lot are familiar with the countryside.

Y House by TOFU

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Architects: TOFU
Location: Obama,Fukui,Japan
Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino

Y House by TOFU

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Site Area: 253.24 sqm
Project Area: 80.46 sqm
Project Year: 2010

See also:


N House by
Long Tall House by
Fiscavaig Project by
Rural Design

Posted on Wednesday February 2nd 2011 at 2:52 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • sara

    bit boring. the gass floor will have a rug on it in no time.

  • CT and stuff

    I see London, I see France…

  • Alex

    It is not clear only one, how to live in this house under high voltage wires?

  • felix

    front elevation is the only interesting part really

  • eyeontheworld

    In a few years people will see this in the same light as they see 1970`s Lodon council tower blocks. A deep sigh of passive resignation escapes me.

  • It's not over the top… but the front elevation has a good amount of caracter. Definetely the best bit.

  • Good call on the glazed floor!

  • mcmlxix

    I love the materials inside and out. I fully agree that the front facade has a good deal of character, and it’s the only cue of the interior interest. It’s amazing how much has been put inside of the envelope.

  • rock

    great planning; very compact but retaining the proportions of section/plan + creating comfortable spaces. well expressed materiality.
    i also wonder if they put radiation insulation in the roof – that neighbouring pylon is menancing!
    good domestic project

  • redordead

    Ah, a Japanese house. So it must have no connection with its surroundings, will have hideous power grid cables everywhere, no concern for safety or the heating bill and a small plot of land made even more useless by the design, which is more about art than about living. Well, this time it looks like the architect could contain himself, but apart from the front part it is quite boring.

  • From the interior design side it’s a bit boring, but the exterior is nicely done. Small but overviewable. Another thing is the high voltage power lines above the house cause permanent strong electric fields.