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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

533House in Nagano Prefecture, Japan by SUWA Architects + Engineers

January 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SUWA Architects + Engineers

Located in the middle of Nagano prefecture, “533House” settled in a cold region. The average temperature is around 27°C in summer and 7°C in winter; sometimes drops to -10°C in minimum.  The most characteristic point of “533House” is its inclined fixed windows along the southern facade. In winter, they allow sunlight to shine on the larger part of the floor.

Terrace connected to the kitchen (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

  • Architects: SUWA Architects + Engineers
  • Project: 533House
  • Location: Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Site area: 463.12 m2
  • Building area: 94.40 m2
  • Total floor area: 92.16 m2
  • Structure: wood frame
  • Structural engineer: nawakenjim
  • Construction: maruwa kensetsu

Sunshade by the awning (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

Made by concrete, the floor stores sun heat during the day and keep rooms warm even during the night. On the other hand, we cover them with big draughty awning in summer. It keeps inside under shadow, cool. Several upper windows on the north will offer natural light and sky view instead.  By gaining natural energy effectively, despite its cold climatic environment, “533House” tries to be much independent from fossil fuels.

Entrance (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

View from the kitchen (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

Fixed leaning windows allow the sunshine in (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

Corridor (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

Kidsroom (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

Window for ventilation (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

Dining and kitchen (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

View of the washroom from the corridor (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

Garden (Image Courtesy Kaoru Ijima)

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