Under the modernist skin of this Japanese home is an updated interpretation of traditional Japanese building with a very unique feature. Spotted on Dezeen, this home by Architect Masato Sekiya features a timber frame structure set to a grid. Rather than just using the traditional floor grid of 3×6 this home takes it into the third dimension and creates a dynamic space framed by the post and beam layout.
Mr. Sekiya was inspired by the local forestry adjacent to the building site in Kasiwara City. The frame is made from locally-sourced Japanese cypress, and all posts and beams are 12×12 cm. The Architect then cleverly created a three-dimensional grid in which he was able to set four levels and multiple sub levels to delineate the spaces without walls. The lines of sight and abundance of natural light results in the 108 square meter home seeming much larger than it actually is.
The post and beam building technique is a very efficient form of building, and with the reduction in walls there is also a reduction in building materials. As all of the wood for the home was locally and sustainable sourced, so the environmental footprint of the materials was significantly reduced as well.
+ Masato Sekiya
Photos by Akira Kita