Transparent F3 House by Koh Kitayama Looks Like a Daylight-Filled Industrial Greenhouse

by , 08/25/12

F3 House Koh Kitayama, prefabricated housing, greenhouse, shipping container architecture, tokyo architecture, shoji screens, glass facadePhoto © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd

The F3 House resembles a three-story industrial greenhouse. The glazed outer shell of the house is supported by a steel framing system and finished with glass panels used for greenhouses. Except for a long container-like element inserted into the main structure of the building, its entire envelope is completely transparent.

At street level there is a large garage and a compact toilet hidden behind the concrete wall at the rear of the house. The mezzanine above the garage is a grille that serves as the relaxation area, while the top floor is a large deck with garden furniture and a parasol. The container comprises a kitchen and a bathroom. The wall that separates it from the rest of the interior can be sealed with special insulated shoji sliding paper screens. The top story houses another outer room, with the ridge of the glass roof hinging upward to ventilate warm air.

Located on a street corner, all lit up from the inside at night, the house reveals almost all aspects of the owner’s life – it is a design that responds to the client’s willingness to think and live freely. It exhibits a reverse logic in providing privacy, as the owner states: ”People don’t look inside on purpose. It’s so open that passers-by are too embarrassed to peer in.”

+ Koh Kitayama

Via JA+U

All Images © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd

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1 Comment

  1. calvinh August 22, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Sheesh, hate to have to pull that curtains in THAT house…

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