Parabola House by Atelier Tekuto

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February 11th, 2008

Parabola House is a new family home in Tokyo designed by Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Tekuto.

Photographs are by Makoto Yoshida.

The following information comes from the architects:

The site is located in a quiet residential area
surrounded by nature. 6m in width and 27m in length, it is a long and
narrow site, which has been constructed 3m above road-level so that on
clear days, it enjoys views of Mount Fuji.

As the client’s family spends the most part of the
day in the living room, this room has been situated on the top floor,
which benefits from scenic views. In order to fully exploit the length
of the site, a cantilever has been constructed on to the front of the

Minimal design and a parabolic ceiling on the top
floor are the building’s distinctive features. Splashes of colour
provide a contrast to the undulating white surroundings, giving rhythm
to the space.

The flowing “three dimensional” ceiling, which
dips and rises to varying levels of height, arouses contrasting
feelings of “tension” and “release” and gives the room a sense of

Thus, even when observing the room from a fixed
position, the fluctuating density invokes a sense of movement, which
unconsciously guides the observer right through and beyond the room’s
boundaries, as if following the flow of air, giving the impression of
endless space.

It is normally the floor and the walls that
delineate the boundaries of the interior space but in this case, it is
the parabolic ceiling that defines its essence.

Above: first floor plan

Above: second floor plan

Posted by Rose Etherington


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