Built for an active family that loves to spend time outdoors, this wooden house in Saitama Prefecture, Japan embodies the principles of openness and freedom. Its distinct appearance, defined by natural materials and a gabled roof, draws attention from drivers traveling along the adjacent road, and local farmers often visit to share their fresh produce. Tailored design Lab conceived the house as an efficient structure that speaks to and utilizes its natural surroundings.
Located 20 minutes from the city center, in a relatively new housing development of the suburbs, the house enjoys unobstructed views of the landscape, which are guaranteed thanks to regulated planning. Instead of creating a sprawling complex, the architects designed a compact building that opens up to and takes advantage of the surrounding elements.
The 45-degree pitched roof frames a large interior space and is supported on a simple wooden framework. It provides generous views and emphasizes the perspective from north to south. The building uses structural plywood for earthquake-resistance. Extending from the roof is a chimney-shaped space and ventilation tower that helps naturally cool the interior and provide fresh air. This element was inspired by African vernacular architecture and works by allowing warm air to rise and escape through the high window and drawing fresh air into the interior through windows on the ground floor.
Photos by Yuji Nishijima