General information

  • Location address
    Tokyo
  • Location country
    Japan
  • Year of construction
  • Function of building
    Houses
  • Degree of enclosure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Type of application of the membrane

Description

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]

Description of the environmental conditions

General comments, links

Single-Family House in Tokyo

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/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

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
    Temporary
  • Convertible or mobile
    Convertible
  • Design lifespan in years
    00-05

Involved companies

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