- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

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

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On August 25, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery,Green Building,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

F3 House Koh Kitayama, prefabricated housing, greenhouse, shipping container architecture, tokyo architecture, shoji screens, glass facade [1]Photo © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd [2]

The F3 House resembles a three-story industrial greenhouse [3]. 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 [4] sliding paper screens. The top story houses another outer room, with the ridge of the glass roof hinging upward to ventilate warm air [5].

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 [6]

Via JA+U [7]

All Images © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd [2]

Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/transparent-f3-house-by-koh-kitayama-looks-like-a-daylight-filled-industrial-greenhouse/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/transparent-f3-house-by-koh-kitayama-looks-like-a-daylight-filled-industrial-greenhouse/f3-house-koh-kitayamaarchitecture-workshop-2/

[2] © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd: http://japlusu.com

[3] industrial greenhouse: http://inhabitat.com/ikeas-new-mini-greenhouse-lets-anyone-create-their-own-indoor-garden/

[4] shoji: http://inhabitat.com/soji-solar-lantern-is-perfect-for-lighting-up-summer-parties/

[5] ventilate warm air: http://inhabitat.com/uc-irvine-contemporary-arts-center-is-finely-tuned-to-its-southern-california-climate/uci-arts-ehrlich-architects-1/

[6] + Koh Kitayama: http://www.archws.com/english/profile/biography/index.html

[7] JA+U: https://www.japlusu.com/news/f3-house

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.