MoyaMoya House by Studio Phenomenon

Wrapped in a stainless steel mesh, the house reinterprets the ambiguous boundaries found in traditional Japanese architecture.

TOKYO – Japanese architects are renowned for incorporating traditional spatial concepts into contemporary residential design. Studio Phenomenon’s latest project – a small house standing in typical Tokyo suburb – reinterprets blurred boundaries between the inside and the outside by wrapping the house in a loose, stainless-steel mesh.

The delicate metal fabric is draped over a slender supporting skeleton, creating shimmering and shifting moiré patterns, depending on the incidence of the sun, direction of the wind and precipitation. Behind the screen, windows are distributed freely according to the functional needs of the corresponding interior spaces.

Inside, the heart of the house is a double-height studio where the client can practice her hobby of dyeing kimonos. Having requested a house she could grow old in, the architect has organised all necessary living functions – a spacious kitchen, bedroom and a bathroom – around this space. The second floor comprises three children’s bedrooms and a traditional Japanese-style room.

Photos Daisuke Shimokawa/ Nacása & Partners

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