Thisispaper Community
Join today.
Enter your email address to receive the latest news on emerging art, design, lifestyle and tech from Thisispaper, delivered straight to your inbox.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Instant access to new channels
The top stories curated daily
Weekly roundups of what's important
Weekly roundups of what's important
Original features and deep dives
Exclusive community features
Ogimachi House by Tomoaki Uno Architects
Alexander Zaxarov
Oct 26, 2020

Tomoaki Uno Architects has limited the material palette of this windowless Japanese house to cedar and cypress to offer its sick owner a pared-back and therapeutic home.

The house, the sky-lit dwelling in Nagoya, Japan, was commissioned by a young client for his mother, who required a private and calming space to help her recover from an illness. Ogimachi House was made to "fill maximum function with minimal material" as explained by designers from Uno Tomoaki Architects. The structure consists of fire-proof cedar and natural timber, which provide heat insulation during the winter. The stark facade is windowless in order to provide privacy. The home receives natural light through an array of skylights.

"Eventually, I proposed a house with no windows on the wall. Instead, I designed 32 fixed skylights and five large openable skylights...when his mother started living there, I heard she was quite stressed. But I'm relieved to hear she is now very at ease." — Uno explained
No items found.
No items found.
Alexander Zaxarov
Oct 26, 2020

Tomoaki Uno Architects has limited the material palette of this windowless Japanese house to cedar and cypress to offer its sick owner a pared-back and therapeutic home.

The house, the sky-lit dwelling in Nagoya, Japan, was commissioned by a young client for his mother, who required a private and calming space to help her recover from an illness. Ogimachi House was made to "fill maximum function with minimal material" as explained by designers from Uno Tomoaki Architects. The structure consists of fire-proof cedar and natural timber, which provide heat insulation during the winter. The stark facade is windowless in order to provide privacy. The home receives natural light through an array of skylights.

"Eventually, I proposed a house with no windows on the wall. Instead, I designed 32 fixed skylights and five large openable skylights...when his mother started living there, I heard she was quite stressed. But I'm relieved to hear she is now very at ease." — Uno explained
Architecture
section is proudly under the patronage of:
John Pawson

Independent publications like Thisispaper rely on support by readers and companies to be sustainable.

Current patron of Architecture Section:

If you are ready to book a slot, please use the following link:
Become a Patron

Introducing OS
An intimate space which helps creative minds thrive.
Discover. Share. Embrace.
Why? "Because in an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom."
Subscribe now €10 monthly
Visit New Thisispaper Shop
ThisispaperOSEditions
Discover the most inspiring stories and places through carefully-curated guides and editions you'll love.
Explore all EditionsExplore channels