Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects have designed the 1100 square foot home in Shimasaki, Kyushu Island, Japan. The house is sited for maximum views and passive solar heating of the massive concrete floor slabs, the constructed of simple, robust materials, consisting of concrete, plaster, and locally and sustainably harvested timber.
Called B House, is sited on a terraced, south-facing slope in a dense housing neighborhood, overlooking orange groves and a spectacular view of Kumamoto Castle and surrounding hills. The north face of the home has a steeply pitched roof section oriented for photovoltaic panels facing south, and high, operable clerestory windows facing north and upslope, creating optimized day lighting without summer heat gain, and creating a chimney-effect natural ventilation draft drawing air through the home, and exhausting the kitchen, bath and sleeping spaces with cooling updrafts.
Photography by Chris Bush