Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with
skylight designed to "frame the sky"

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This Tokyo house by Japanese office Atelier Tekuto features a huge triangular window that angles up over the rooftops of surrounding houses to bring daylight in from above (+ slideshow).

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

The four-storey house is located within one of the city's many dense residential areas, so Atelier Tekuto tried to make the most of natural light by framing a view of the sky and clouds, hence the project title Framing the Sky.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

"We realise that skylights are the most important openings in urban houses," said the architects. "It is because the sky is the only element of nature left in the urban context, and the skylight serves as an interface between people and nature."

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

The huge window is positioned above a double-height living room on the second floor. It is set at an angle to bring light right across the space, and through to a kitchen and loft bedroom just behind.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

"When you stand under this large skylight, you feel plenty of sunlight showering onto your body," said the architects.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

The two lower levels of the house both meet the ground, which allowed the architects to separate the main entrance from the garage access.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

A small study sits behind the garage and has a ceiling of glass blocks to bring light in from above. These become the floor of the entrance corridor, leading residents through to a staircase that features wooden treads and a balustrade made of vertical pipes.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

Wooden joinery features throughout, from the shelves and cupboards in the kitchen to desks, sideboards and seating areas elsewhere in the house.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

Photography is by Toshihiro Sobajima.

Here's some information from Atelier Tekuto:


Framing the Sky

This house is situated in an urban residential district at Aoyama in Tokyo. The polygon-shaped site has a 2.7 meter gap therefore we located the garage entrance on the basement floor on the south side and the main entrance to the house on the first floor on the west side.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

The program requested by the clients are as follows; garage and bicycle parking space on the basement floor; main entrance, bathroom and master bedroom on the ground floor; Living room /dining space with kitchen on the second floor; and children’s room in the loft space. The main design concept of this house is "framing the sky".

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

We focus on the relationship between nature and people in the city. We realise that skylights are the most important openings in the urban houses. It is because the sky is the only element of nature left in the urban context, and the skylight serves as an interface between people and nature.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

The volume of the house is decided according to height restriction lines, and the size of the skylight is determined according to the maximum glass size.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

When you stand under this large skylight, you feel a plenty of sunlight showering onto you body. It makes you feel that you are a part of nature in this blue urban sky.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Building use: private house
Site area: 69.15m2
Building area: 38.72 sqm
Total floor area: 77.44 sqm

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"

Construction: Reinforced concrete (basement) + steel
Architectural design: Yasuhiro Yamashita - Atelier Tekuto
Constructional design: Jun Sato - Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Construction management: Takahiro Watai - Nissho Kogyo Co.Ltd.

Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"
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Tokyo house by Atelier Tekuto with skylight designed to "frame the sky"
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  • Arjay Cee

    Witty if by-the-numbers. As in so many of these squished Japanese contexts, the view of the house shown in its total obliviousness to the adjacent structures is amusing. I wonder how the neighbours in their stucco trad feel about rubbing elbows with the mothership?