Hip as in cool (rather than the roof type) and green as in eco-friendly (rather than the famous book), this far-reaching wood roof ends well beyond the framing of the outer house walls – a shade-supplying cantilever that is awesomely out-of-scale with the small home sheltered beneath it.
If ceilings can be said to define spaces then this giant domestic overhang extends the interior area of the core home plans a good distance in all directions. Or, if porch and patio layouts provide a psychological buffer between a house and the exterior world, then the residents here must feel very cozy, safe and secure indeed.
Year-round shade saves on heating expenses while indirect daylight still comes in on all sides, reducing the need for artificially-powered lamps. Showing off the amazing strength of wood in conditions of extreme extension, this home was designed by Tezuka Architects and constructed via traditional framing and conventional carpentry techniques – just taken a few steps further than those simple a-frames we sketched as children.
About the architects:
“Takaharu + Yui Tezuka has extensive experience designing spaces for children, such as Fuji Kindergarten, which was named the best school in the world by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and UNESCO. They recently recieved Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from UNESCO. Takaharu’s TED Talk recorded 7th in the world for the number of views in 2015. They also received domestic prizes such as Architectural Institution of Japan Prize, The Japan Institute of Architects Prize, Good Design Award Gold Prize, and children’s Environment Association Prize.”
“Yui is involved in the establishment of kindergarten’s design code at National Institute of Educational Policy Research. While their activity is based on architectural design, they hold lectures all over the world, receiving offers from OECD.Their theory on childre’s environment is published as the “Yellowbook” from Harvard University.”