Kohoku House

October 11, 2008

This site is located in a residential region reclaimed on a hill of Yokohama. With neighboring houses lined very close together, the site being tilted to the north, and the neighboring house to the south is two-storied and built on a higher ground, at first it seemed almost impossible to let in light from the south, although the client, a married couple, wanted a small but sunshiny house of one-story just as their child became independent from them.

The roof lets in light through the glass on the top of the tube-shaped windows that are set avoiding shades and eye gaze of the neighbors. The brightness and softness of light differs according to season and time of day, which changes the look of the place. The windows on the roof cut out the sky and constantly project the changes of the nature.

Extract from Torafu

Programmable SkyCeiling is a virtual skylight that recreates and simulates the rising and setting of the sun. It creates an enhanced illusion of nature by introducing changes of light and color, in real-time. The programmable features allow SkyCeilings to increase and decrease in light intensity and color to simulate the local rising and setting of the sun – even following the seasons. A computerized control-device that can be programmed for any geographic area is responsible for producing the many subtle changes of the system.

The programmed dimming feature of SkyCeilings has benefits to human physiology and well-being as well. For example, in an ICU the body’s circadian rhythm can be reinforced to help healing. An “opposite” use of this technology can occur in a nurse’s station where an environment of alertness can be created during the middle of the night. Other applications, including shortened or dramatic cycles, extend to casinos, restaurants, home theaters, and other healthcare and hospitality environments.

Extract from Sky Factory


January 2, 2008

First impression, disturbing… second impression, the Matrix… By artist Adam Wallacavage, these “Pulsatilla” chandeliers are worth having a look… or stare. Go it the website and you can see many versions of it, many sold already. Who buys them? maybe people who are reminded of things as I had… revenge of the giant octopus! Coming to a theater near you…

Extract from Jonathan LeVine Gallery

By simply hanging these molded panels from their suspension system attached to the ceiling, they give you a special Frank Gehry look that gives any room an undulating cloud-like atmosphere. The panels are available in either 8-inch or 12-inch depths, and can be either translucent or opaque, so you can either hide lights behind them for that special glowing look, or you can even have fluorescent tubes protruding from them like sunrays out of rain clouds.

Extract from USG