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The skylights absolutely inundate the home with light

Sunken below street level, the house is like many homes in Yokohama: crammed in between a variety of other forgettable structures and poorly lit. A total of 29 skylights fixes that by absolutely inundating the acrylic panels with light that is then dispersed throughout the home (see our coverage of the Sun Tracker that pumps daylight indoors).

The space between the roof and panels also creates a vacuum for hot air. During the summer, this keeps the lower level cool, while in winter, it keeps the home warm! For another example of Japanese minimalism, check out this salon that looks like a slice of vanilla bean pie. Bedrooms are tucked away behind folding doors, fixtures are completely utilitarian, and limited foliage has been added to choice, dramatic centers.

+ Takeshi Hosaka

images © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

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  1. David Cronk September 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I Love IT!!! Total genius. i especially love how the seperate rooms on the lower level have no ceiling so they can also enjoy the beautiful natural light. I run a Skylight business in Brisbane and I love seeing design like this. It is so refreshing to see designers/ architects encorporating skylights into their design in the pre development stage not a post thought. Go eco friendly all the way. Thank you

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