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Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Almost a hundred small square windows scattered across the walls, ceilings and roof of a house in Tokyo allow its occupants, a deaf couple and their children, to sign to each other through the walls even when the children are playing outdoors.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The two-storey house by Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka is named Room Room.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Ceramic pots resting on surfaces in the two ground floor rooms hold tall plants, which grow up though some of the ceiling openings to the open-plan first floor.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

From here, a ladder leads up though a skylight hatch to a terrace on the roof.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

We've featured a few projects by Takeshi Hosaka on Dezeen, including a noodle restaurant resembling an igloo - see all the stories here.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Photography is by Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Here's a project description from Hosaka:


RoomRoom (House for hearing Handicapped persons)

This is a house where deaf parents and two children are living.

The two sides of the premises are facing narrow roads in an overcrowded residential area in Itabashi ward, Tokyo.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The small main building built five years ago became so narrow for dwellers for three generations that they bought a piece of land neighbouring their house to build an annex.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The house consists of two small rooms at the first floor, one big room in the second floor and the roof.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

It is two stories with box shape construction with many small openings only 200 mm squares randomly installed on the walls, floors and the roof.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The openings of 200 mm square on the floor are used as atriums or as practical openings for communications between the first and the second floors.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Communications are done through this small opening verbally between children with hearing capability and communications between parents without hearing capability and children with hearing capability are done by sign language.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Children sometimes call their parents' attention by dropping a small minicar.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The openings on the walls are useful to take air and light from outside and in addition, they are used as a communication tool between a small garden and indoor.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

In the same way, the openings between the rooftop and the second floor and between the rooftop and the first floor not only work to take light from outside but also help communication of sign language.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

And also, the tree set up in the first floor is sticking out to the second floor passing through four or five 200 mm square openings. From this, the 200 mm openings become a conduit for human beings, plant, wind and light and human being communications to extend the inside and outside of the house in length and breadth in all directions.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

It is possible to converse with sign language if we don't have hearing capability.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Communications by sign language easily pierce through the window which separates the inside and the outside of the house.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

The small 200 mm square openings are installed at various places like the floor, roof, and wall and children with hearing capability, parents without hearing capability look very free and vivid and plants, light and wind are dynamically circulating from inside to outside.

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Architect: Takeshi Hosaka
Structural Engineers: Nobuo Sakane
Client: Jyunichi Oshiro

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Name of the project: RoomRoom
Exact definition of the building: a couple and two boys

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Location of the project: Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Construction nature: wooden-structure

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Site: 58.43 m2

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

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Building area: 36.00 m2

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

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Floor area ratio: 72.00 m2

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

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Building height: 5450 mm

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

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No. of floors: 2F

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

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Building function: house (annex)

Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka

Design: May 2010 – September 2010

Planning start: May 2010Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka
Planning start: May 2010
Beginning of construction: September 2010Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka
Beginning of construction: September 2010
Completion: December 2010Room Room by Takeshi Hosaka
Completion: December 2010