Architectural Bureau 07BEACH presented a spacious house for a large family with children. The peculiarity of this two-story building is a roof with large windows providing exceptional insolation in the living room, corridor and kitchen-dining room. The house has a second light. Due to the glazing in the roof, this part of the housing is qualitatively and evenly illuminated throughout the entire height.
WHY DO THE ROOF WINDOWS
The house is located in the Japanese city of Kyoto. As in most megacities in this country, there is sorely lacking space. The house is surrounded on all sides by buildings, parking lots, utility structures, so there is practically no way to achieve good insolation and species characteristics through traditional windows.
The architects found a solution to make a mansard roof with large windows through which housing will receive the bulk of daylight. So the house is well lit throughout the day. At the same time, it was possible to localize it from gray, unattractive urbanized views from the windows. By the same principle, glazing is made in the rooms and the bathroom.
To get rid of the effect of the box in the living space, but at the same time hide it from external urbanization, windows with frosted windows were made here. A sufficient amount of daylight breaks through them, but you do not have to look out the window at the walls of nearby houses.
HOW TO CREATE AN OASIS OF ECOLOGY IN THE JAPANESE MEGAPOLIS
Near the house there is practically no opportunity to plant a garden – the situation is completely urbanized and does not allow to break the green zone nearby. The decision with the second light allowed to plant a tree directly in the house. It is like a miniature corner of wildlife, cleanliness and ecology in a stone jungle.
Here again, skylights become useful. The plant is drawn to the sun, therefore, due to lighting not from the side through the windows, but from above through the roof, the conditions are created for it as comfortable and close to wildlife as possible.
To increase the environmental friendliness of the house, all basic structures and finishes are made of wood. They were sheathed floors, walls, ceiling. The furniture is also mainly made of natural wood.
The architects’ idea was to create a comfortable and safe home for families with children. The unique design of the roof with large windows, open space, finishing with safe materials allowed to achieve the desired result. Thus, a couple of non-standard solutions in terms of the location of windows and glazing made the house in a metropolis with dense buildings as light as possible, clean and localized from the external dirty environment.