House of Cedar
by Suga Atelier

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House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

The timber-framed rooms of this house in Osaka prefacture by Japanese architects Suga Atelier are on show to the street though a transparent facade.

Above: photograph is by Yuko Tada

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Named House of Cedar, the building has a cross-bracing cedar structure that is exposed inside both of its two storeys.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

The glazed front elevation comprises an assortment of small square and rectangular windows, including three that can be opened.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

The entrance is located on the side of the house and is sheltered beneath a faceted first-floor bulge that contains the bathroom.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Earlier this year Suga Atelier also completed a house with a faceted concrete exterior - see it here.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

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House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Photography is by the architects, apart from where otherwise stated.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Here are a few words from Shotaro Suga of Suga Atelier:


House of Cedar in Osaka pref. in Japan.

This house is made by small size wood of cedar.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

We developed in a way new structural system which uses old wooden frame technique and steel bolts to make a free and warm inner space.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Today wood is used for structural members or finishing materials.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

We thought we have to find a better way of using woods to be with trees.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

Above: photograph is by Yuko Tada

Because trees are important part of nature, and also people's good friend from ancient period.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

We use many smaller size simple woods and weave woods together to make free and pleasing space which is continuous to surroundings.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

We can live in a better way with trees.

House of Cedar by Suga Atelier

  • Paul

    Unlike other Japanese houses the light doesn’t seem to go all the way through the interior at this one. But I like it anyway because of its functionality.

    In my opinion the garden looks great and supports the shape of the house perfectly!

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    But the bathroom is wonderful!)))

  • mcmlxix

    I think that an understanding of minka (traditional Japanese farm houses) allows the interior to make sense.

  • trimtab21

    I can't say I like this all that much. Those repeating beams are imposing and overbearing and I want to get out from under them! There just seems like too much tension between all the structural elements.

  • maishado

    It’s another fun use of a small space – like many of the Japanese ‘designer’ homes that are featured on Dezeen’s website.

    However, most of these homes that are featured consist of long corridors, high ceilings, and an open plan to create these large spaces. Along with the lack of insulation, is this careless architecture in a country that is facing an energy crisis?

    I’m just curious how much of an energy pit these homes are compared to your typical Japanese home or apartment?

  • Nijon

    The exterior shot of the bent door just looks like someone backed into it with a big truck to me.