First you pay attention to in this house are recnagular openings that run through the building upside and are made for the plants growing from the ground floor.
The building made of glass and wood that accomodates an office center and a beauty salon, is located in Japanese city Koga not far from of the main highway connecting Kyoto and Nagoya. The design of the project was developed by Osaka company Hamada Design.
Hamada Design, led by the local architect Takeshi Hamada, received an order to create a building, which would draw attention of the drivers passing by.
The beauty salon is on the ground floor; the first floor accomodates offices of the building’s owners.
Glazed fronts of the two floors resurvey with large blocks covered by red cedar. These bloсks set forth from the walls forming verandah above the entrance on the ground gloor and balkony on the first floor.
Openings in these blocks form the space for the plants that reach the first floor and open survey down from the roof garden.
The buidling was built on the basis of a simple wooden beam frame and that’s why it is more environmentally friendly than ordinary structures. Besides, its construction create a splendid siluette, especially at night when internal light is switched on.
When I projected the building, I considered locality and energy consumption. That’s why I chose the wooden frame
Besides, the architect thought about strong clamping for the wooden base that is very important for such seismically dangerous regions.
Warm red tone and rough surface of cedar bring color and texture to the platform of the ground floor, the balkony on the first floor and the roof.
Glazed fronts on both floors open magnificent view to the far south mountains.
To bring some privacy to the rooms, huge windows can be closed with delicate white curtains.
Floor and ceiling are made of rough wood, which is also used on the floors of the balkony and verandah.
Cedar trimming and plants allowed making the building look really natural. The overall exterior is added by the office wall covered with plants.
The same wood is used on the roof where there are three flower-beds with small plants that create a visual connection with the mountains behind.