Cloudy House by
Takao Shiotsuka

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Slideshow: a sizeable hole in the roof of this gabled house in Oita, Japan, allows residents to climb outside and survey their surroundings.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Recently completed by architect Takao Shiotsuka, the two-storey Cloudy House has a tunnel through its centre that splits the ground floor into two disjointed halves, each with their own entrance.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Staircases on both sides connect each half to a first floor that spans across.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Sheets of corrugated metal clad the entire exterior, interrupted on the steeply sloping roof by a handful of extruded windows and the small terrace.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Other houses we've featured recently from Japan include one with a squared spiral staircase at its centre - see them all here.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Photography is by Toshiyuki Yano.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

The following information is from Takao Shiotsuka:


Cloudy house

House as opened state

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

This house is located in suburbs of Oita-city.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

The place is a small-scale residential quarter developed about 30 years ago.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

The housing lot exists together to the farmland, and atmosphere there calm compared with the city part.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

There is no special, wonderful view.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

However, the flow of light and the wind is correct and solid.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

We thought about a suitable house for this environment.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

About what should be of the house with opened condition, such as farmlands and fields there before.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

The state physically opened by these is produced: drive-through in site, windblown terrace that penetrates through center of building, site boundary without wall, etc.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Roof of iconic gable, Burrow terrace in roof, Windowless appearance, Exterior covered with flat feeling of quality, these characterize this building.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Moreover, a sense of existence as the material object in the building is made to come to the surface.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

We tried to produce the opened state by suppressing a private element as the house on the design.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

The room is contrasted with the externals, and light is filled with each room.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Each room is a composition combined with the complexity by the courtyard of the weather-beaten and the shape of cross section of the gable type.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

This indoor variety also produces the state that opens in the meaning with abundant choices of the experience.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

When, by a hue and feel of a material of the appearance, a building almost vanishes for cloudy sky, a characteristic as "open state" appears most.

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Title of project: Cloudy house
Architect: Takao Shiotsuka
Location: Oita-city, Oita, Japan

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Date of completion: December, 2011

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Use: House

Cloudy House by Takao Shiotsuka

Structure: wooden
Floor: 2 stories

  • edward

    Outside the (magic) box thinking. Loved the colored sections.

  • alex

    For all its beauty I wish they could have disguised the M&E a little better

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    On the lookout for Gojira? ;)