Naked house by Shigeru Ban


AUTHOR:

 Shigeru Ban

YEAR:

2000

LOCATION:

Saitama, Japan

PHOTOGRAPHS:

image © Shigeru Ban, Hiroyuki Hirai

SOURCE:

subtilitasnakedhousecasestudy - architetturatessile

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TYPOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

ARCHITECTURE

SOCIOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

FAMILY

EVOCATIVE CATEGORIES:

ENVELOPELIGHT, HUB

DETAILS:

MAP_JAPAN

 

 

The Naked House is located in Kawagoe, Japan. It was designed for a family of five, including two children and the owner's elderly mother. The owner wanted a house that was as open as possible to foster an atmosphere of closeness among family members. The only permanent partitions enclose the bathroom suite. Nylon curtains and sliding doors divide the main space from rooms located around the exterior of the house. Four large wood boxes on casters serve as bedrooms. The boxes are open on two sides, and can be these moved throughout the main interior open space and even outside through the western wall. 

The movable rooms are made of brown paper-honeycomb panels which are attached to wooden frames on wheels. Each box has an area of six square meters. These mobile rooms are meant to hold only a minimum of belongings. They can be placed against walls or in front of heating or air conditioning units, to change how air flows through them. They can also be combined to create a larger room. 

The bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas are in fixed locations. White curtains are used to separate certain spaces such as the kitchen and laundry. The bathrooms are the only areas that are completely private. However, some of the panels in the bathrooms can the opened to the exterior. 

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