Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

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Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Long, narrow windows cut across the sides of a house in Okayama, Japan, to reveal the locations of internal walls and floors.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

The two-storey residence, named Black Slit House, was designed by Tokyo architects Three.Ball.Cascade.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Each floor of the house contains a bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom, while a first floor balcony surrounds and overlooks a concealed central courtyard.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

The rear of the building adjoins an existing house on a neighbouring plot.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Three.Ball.Cascade previously designed a hair salon filled with large wooden frames - see our earlier story here.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Other recently featured Japanese houses include one where rooms of subtly different proportions surround an off-centre courtyard and another where a private balcony is concealed behind the facade - click here to see all our stories about houses in Japan.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Here are a few extra details from Three.Ball.Cascade:


A Duplex house in Okayama City.

The site is near an industrial area, with big highways and factories.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Narrow shape was from south to north.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

On north has an existing house.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Designed for line and light and motion.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

We started to design forms the basis of minute volume through the courtyard.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Continuing to study the plan, evolved from the minute volume to minute rooms.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Seen from outside, between the room and room has been on a slit-like windows.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Name: Black slit house | H-house
Location: Okayama, Japan
Design: Three.Ball.Cascade Architecture Design Office.

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Site area: 250 sqm
Total area: 200 sqm
Max. height: 8m
Storeys: 2F

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

Constructor: Kono Co.,Ltd.
Structure: Steel
Structure engineer: Shuji Tada

Black Slit House by Three.Ball.Cascade

  • reposono

    The house is great but the Japanese have to do something with all those electric/telephone wires/cables.

  • crackerjack

    Are there any houses not built in Japan? – Just a thought.

  • krimane

    very nice. you can't go wrong with this sort of black.