The MoyaMoya House in Tokyo is wrapped in a finely perforated and flexible material that protects the interior from outside views. Local architect Fumihiko Sano designed the house for a female client whose hobby of dyeing kimonos requires a higher level of intimacy and peace. The architect achieved this by adding a metal framework around a large double-height studio in Tokyo’s Higashikurume suburb.
Two layers of perforated and flexible material are wrapped around the existing building to create a moiré effect that gives an illusion of movement while protecting the interior form outside views. The reflections ripple across the surface as the wind blows and blur the appearance of the building behind it. Not only does it change depending on the weather, the changing light condition during the day and the seasons also change the appearance of the mesh box.
The entrance is positioned facing a small parking area and leads into a double-height central room, featuring a large sink and storage space that the owner uses for kimono dyeing. Sliding doors connect the kitchen and the study, which leads to the main bedroom. The upper storey featuring white banisters and open threads is accessed via a discreet staircase. Spare bedrooms and a small bathroom are located on the first floor and are meant to accommodate foreign students that will move in once the owner’s children leave home.