Small Japanese Home Exhibiting An Intriguing Wooden Facade: Checkered House
Checkered House by Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office is a urban home made completely out of wood, a material less and less utilized for building houses in Japan; “I contemplated designing a wooden house in the city considering calamity counteractive action and maintenance looking at the positive part of wood, for example, the delicate surface which Japanese customary houses use to have“, the modeler expressed. This unusual Tokyo building gets your attention from far away, because of its substantial overhang and energetic checkered facade in glass and wood.
Here is more from the official description provided by the project developers: “This house has a Japanese traditional under the eaves space overhanging the roof from 1.35m to 2.85m of the parking space facing the north side road. This under the eaves space and the fire wall on both sides enables to use affordable wood material and wooden window frame even in the high density area. The checkered window allows to take in light from regular height, near the ceiling and near the floor and also take in stable light from the north side during the day time.” The photos below reveal how the windows are ingeniously used as a shelving system inside the house. What do you think of this approach? [Photography: Koichi Torimura]