Architects contrast warm materials with the cool to create divided areas
The site is one of five compartmental areas with dramatic views of Bizan Mountain towards the southeast of Tokushima city. The house is named ‘Backstage’ due to the stage and performance-like feeling of the living room – enclosed in cedar with a warm and organic style. In contrast, the majority of the house is set ‘backstage’ this area enclosed with corrugated panels with a cool and inorganic style.
In order to give the client privacy both inside and outside the space, the architects designed “the big wall” which was used for the exterior wall and fence. This reduced any unappealing views of the neighbouring houses and multi-storey buildings.
The wall of the inside of the living room is made of Japanese cedar board, while the outside is corrugated panels. The compartments of the house encourage a division between work and play: the architects created the backstage or play area to include the entrance, garden and bedroom areas to contrast with the communal living room at the front.