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Single-Family House in Tokyo | | Membrane | Japan

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General information
Location address Tokyo
Location country Japan
Function of building Houses
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Short description of the project This three-story house is set on a narrow site 3 m wide and 20 m long. Since the occupants go out for many domestic activities, it was possible to create a layout without traditional spatial divisions. The brief required a bright interior and a high degree of privacy. The structure consists of two parallel reinforced concrete walls with round concrete struts between them and a membrane roof spanned over the top. The identical but reversed curves of the walls result in a multiply curved roof form, which in turn determined the position of the cylindrical struts. The fibre-glass membrane affords good natural lighting internally by day. At night, it radiates a diffuse light from within, with the movements of the occupants vaguely visible through the skin.

[DETAIL, 6/2000, p1009]
Misc. project details
References Single-Family House in Tokyo -
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Temporary
Convertible or mobile Convertible
Design lifespan in years 00-05
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Cable
Material Fabric/Foil Fiberglass
Material coating PTFE
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 60
Total length (m) 3
Total width (m) 20
Involved companies
Architects F.O.B.A.
Engineers SD Room
Editor
Editor Marijke Mollaert
 
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