Endo Shuhei's clients commissioned a home that would provide privacy and an abundance of natural light and ventilation in a densely packed area of Osaka, Japan. Sounds like a tall order, right? Not so for Endo, who folded a perforated metal skin over the very narrow Rooftecture OT2 home that is flanked by buildings on three sides. Then the designer punched a pair of skylights into the roof to allow the light pour in.
Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to pass through the perforations, the metal skin conceals a much gentler interior.
Comprised mostly of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), which is considered one of the most responsible timber choices given that it is made with 50 layers of thin strands that can be taken from smaller diameter, farm-grown trees, the three story interior is light, fresh and breezy and connected by a central winding staircase.
Photography © Stirling Elmendorf