The base concept of this proposal is to reinterpret traditional Japanese facades in a contemporary way in order to create different instances of the same spaces that acknowledge one’s privacy but is also opened towards the outside. This is translated into an interactive façade that uses traditional materials such as wood as a threshold between two worlds – inside and outside. A subtle steel grid is the frame support for the fixed wood planks that covers up the entire northern façade, while profiled rails allow the residents to glide the wood panels at their own wish, for the desired effect. The wood, a warm material reminds the passerby of traditional woodwork crafts, but it also scales down the building to human size, helping the volume fit in a dense urban environment.
Variation 2 and 3 present a more transparent façade, but also take this opportunity to integrate traditional materials to another level. Wood is present as textured concrete as well, on the volumes flanking the main entrance, while the bigger glazes surfaces are doubled by Shoji Screens that can be glided in and out of view.