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ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar

Posted By Mike Chino On July 17, 2008 @ 10:04 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments

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This beautiful Onigiri House [2] was created by NKS Architects [3] in Oita, Japan. Constructed entirely out of locally-sourced cedar, the wood-paneled wonder features a gorgeous light-laden interior that celebrates clean, simple lines and an elegant, uncluttered floor plan. Modeled after the triangular shape of one of japan’s favorite delicacies, the project is the latest in NKS’ line of architecture [4] that take its cues from the purity and precision of traditional Japanese food.

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Created for an old couple, the Onigiri House [2] was designed to maximize volume and limit cost while seamlessly integrating into its environs. It’s name stems from its structural reference to Onigiri, a Japanese snack made by forming rice into a triangular or oval shape and then wrapping it in nori.

The triangular tube is constructed entirely of cedar that was sustainably harvested from local sources. NKS Architects chose a type of cider wood that made the region famous for its application in shipbuilding, cutting down on the home’s carbon footprint by negating material transportation costs. The interior spaces are suffused with light and well ventilated thanks to large windows located at each end, and an elevated platform protects the home from the region’s occasional flooding.

+ NKS Architects [3]

Via Materialicious [5], Live Modern [6] and The Cool Hunter [7]

Photos by Kouji Okamoto


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/17/the-onigiri-cedar-house/

[2] Onigiri House: http://www.nksarc.com/e/works/houses/saiki2/photo01.php

[3] NKS Architects: http://www.nksarc.com/

[4] line of architecture: http://www.nksarc.com/e/works/houses/oonojo/photo01.php

[5] Materialicious: http://materialicio.us/2008/02/25/onigiri-house-nks-architects/

[6] Live Modern: http://livemodern.com/designblogs/89760d818113c504b017260acb68eb29

[7] The Cool Hunter: http://www.thecoolhunter.net/architecture/Onigiri-House---Oita--Japan/

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