Wood Block House by Tadashi
Yoshimura Architects

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Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Behind a glass facade, a basket weave of timber encases the living and dining areas of this house in Nara, Japan by Japanese studio Tadashi Yoshimura Architects.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

The lattice wall can be used as a climbing frame for the client's children, but also serves as a partial screen that light may pass through.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Named Wood Block House, the rectilinear building is raised up from the ground by stone walls.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

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Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Photography is by Hitoshi Kawamoto.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

The following details are from the architects:


Wood Block House

The house is designed for an elderly married couple, and their grand children that occasionally stay with them.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

The site is located in a housing district developed 30 years ago that kept the natural land form. Around the site, we can see beautiful retaining wall made of granite. I try to extend the exterior topography to the interior of the building.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

If day light diminishes, the shape of the structural shear wall that creates a relationship to the site’s stone wall, is projected onto the glass façade.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Similar to retaining stone walls, this wall is best play equipment that kids enjoy to clime, pass under the hole , sit, and see distant scenery.

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

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A Structural Shear Wall System of Wooden Blocks

This structural shear wall consists of ship-shaped wooden blocks. These blocks can be easily stacked without the help of skilled workers, and can be disassembled and assembled in different location if necessary.

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Architects: Tadashi Yoshimura Architects
Location: Nara, Japan
Structural Engineers: Masahiro Inayama
General Contractor: Nakayama Komuten

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

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Site area: 265 sq m
Building area: 86 sq m
Total floor area: 148 sq m

Wooden Block House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

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Structure: wood; 2story
Principal use: residence, atelier
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Hitoshi Kawamoto

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Materials
External wall: glass, Cement board
Inner wall: Japan cedar, LVL, Lauan plywood

  • http://www.candleslovers.com Mary-Candles Lovers

    I like the view, it looks great at night with the lights on and the dark surrounding the house makes it single beautifully out of many others, love it

  • yuc

    everything is beautiful, except the lattice.

  • James

    I think it would look better if the weave was a bit finer and more delicate. It's feels slightly clumsy and gimmicky at its current scale.

  • http://www.GregAllegretti.com GWA Architect

    The architects have created a playful concept which is delightful for children and by choosing sophisticated materials, they have also made the home appropriate for the grandparents. The "weave" is Ingeniously accomplished by reducing to an assembly of blocks. Nicely executed.