Japanese studio Sugawaradaisuke mixed powdered iron with plaster to give this Tokyo house a rusted exterior that will weather over time.
In order to maximize the small plot, the house expands living accommodation both internally and externally, converting the entire project into a group of spaces with different qualities. Inside the dwelling, private rooms are placed diagonally, interspersed with common zones that transform the rest of the site into ‘semi-indoor’ areas. Flexible volumes are arranged in a manner that supports modern lifestyles, offering the potential to contain a range of different programs. Externally, the structure’s weathered iron envelope changes over time, lending the house a permanent and fixed quality.
"Exposed to the rain, wind, and sunlight, the weathering of the surface creates dappled rust, memorising the vernacular micro-climate over time...the architectural appearance is not designed by an architect, but is defined by the actual behaviour of the natural phenomena." — Daisuke Sugawara