House in Tomigusuku is a three storeys high house in the urban area of Okinawa designed by Japanese architecture office rhythmdesign. Outer skin is made out of concrete, and inner skin, where people touch, consists of woods. On the exterior wall, there are some windows at fixed intervals and the windows are small enough to be opened and closed by a child. We aim to create a situation which indoor environment can be controlled by our hands and also works well in the tough climate of Okinawa.
In Okinawa JAPAN, “being open” and “protect interior environment from tough climate” are important indicators of design. In ancient days, people came up with various ideas which protect themselves from heavy climate and keep their living environment comfortable. “Hinpun” is a free standing wall avoids eyes from streets and blur boundaries of house and street and “Amahaji” is a big space under eaves. Both of them are from traditional streets and foams and styles of wooden structures. We can see wisdoms from the past even now. We aim to create a house which cut off intense sunlight and heat, is proof against rain and wind and people can share time and experience as much as they can by referring tradition, styles and culture which are still there in the area and interpreting those in modern way.
Text © rhythmdesign | Photography © Koichi Torimura