Fully Transparent house in Japan

Located on a side-street in a hipper part of Tokyo sits this 914 sq-ft (85 sq-m) glass house. It is named the NA House and was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The various levels are linked by an assortment of stairs and ladders in addition to short runs of fixed and movable wooden steps, which is unique, but let’s be honest the main draw of the house is that it is almost completely made of glass.

The specification of the house
- The extreme openness of the design was at the request of the clients, a young couple with no children
- The structure consists of 1-inch-thick, corrugated-steel deck plates plus solid 1.4-by-2.4-inch rectangular beams and 2-inch-square columns—all assembled on-site with welded joints
- The various levels are linked by an assortment of stairs and ladders in addition to short runs of fixed and movable wooden steps
- The HVAC and plumbing equipment, as well as storage and lateral bracing are located in the thick, north-facing wall at the rear of the house
- Curtains were installed to provide temporary partitions that address the concern for privacy and separation at night
- Additional lateral bracings are located in a full-height bookshelf and lightweight concrete panels inserted into the side elevations
- White-tinted birch flooring and stairs blend with the structure and serve as a visual transition to the chunky wood sashes and frames that outline the operable windows

Along with the fantastic pictures by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan below, there is also a video-walk through of this fascinating house at the bottom of the post. While so-called “House NA” offers plenty of daylight, expect no privacy here.

Source:twistedsifter

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Comments

  1. Birthmark says:

    Where’s the privacy in that? Might work well as an exhibition or a studio.

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