Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture
Instead of using earth and grass, Kengo Kuma framed Même – Experimental House with Japanese Larch and wrapped the 79.5 square meter space in a semi-transparent membrane that permits natural light to illuminate the house without electricity. Recycled PET insulation is sandwiched between the facade and removable fiberglass lining the interior wall.
Constructed on top of insulating earth, the home stays remarkably warm year round – even in winter – without being stuffy at all. The custom material palette ensures optimum natural ventilation without thermal loss. Daylight permeates the semi-transparent envelope so that an organic rhythm is restored to the occupants, who work when the sun is up and rest when it sets.
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