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ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar
Posted By Mike Chino On July 17, 2008 @ 10:04 am In Architecture,Green Building | 3 Comments
This beautiful Onigiri House  was created by NKS Architects  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  that take its cues from the purity and precision of traditional Japanese food.
Created for an old couple, the Onigiri House  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.
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Photos by Kouji Okamoto
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 Onigiri House: http://www.nksarc.com/e/works/houses/saiki2/photo01.php
 NKS Architects: http://www.nksarc.com/
 line of architecture: http://www.nksarc.com/e/works/houses/oonojo/photo01.php
 Materialicious: http://materialicio.us/2008/02/25/onigiri-house-nks-architects/
 Live Modern: http://livemodern.com/designblogs/89760d818113c504b017260acb68eb29
 The Cool Hunter: http://www.thecoolhunter.net/architecture/Onigiri-House---Oita--Japan/
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