n o t architects studio's chain link 'weather house' is an extension of tokyo's parks

Jun 30, 2021

settled within a residential neighborhood in tokyo, the weather house by n o t architects studio introduces a bright and verdant atmosphere. the house is surrounded by a both a large park and a small park connected by a long footpath, both of which blend into the surrounding residential fabric of the japanese capital while creating an environment that is unique to this place. in celebration of its place, the house seeks to mimic the park environment and meandering pathway. the team gently draws the walkway in front of the house into the entire building.

n o t architects studio links the interior of its weather house in tokyo to its surrounding context by way of a partially enclosed pathway that wraps along the exterior behind a chain link screen. with this blurred boundary, the interior suggests an extension of the sidewalk, obscuring the line between the city and the residential space. similar to the sloping parks which invite visitors to retreat from the pace of the city, the house’s stepping pathway, creates a spiraling trajectory to encourage slow and thoughtful circulation. while the functional spaces of the house are all connected by this route, the occupant is invited to stroll through the verdant, outdoor environment at all parts of the day.

the wire mesh facade of n o t architects studio’s weather house in tokyo is interwoven with lush vines and plant life. while this garden pathway functions as the primary circulation space, it swells at moments to create a place of rest, like a natural hill where the occupant might linger and look outward to the parks nearby. at other moments, the path is large enough to suggest a ‘park square’ where a group can gather. the team at n o t architects studio comments: ‘by finding a place to live in an environment that keeps changing like a walkway in a park within a single building, it will create a new sense of distance and relationship with the family. as various lifestyle changes are expected in the future, we want the resident to spend time in their new homes by freely finding a place for themselves and their families at that time.’

project info:

project title: weather house

architecture: n o t architects studio

location: tokyo, japan

design team: tetsushi tominaga , lisa ono , aoi nahata

​concept design: lisa ono

drawing: lisa ono

consultant: kinoshita structural engineers

contractor: MARUKOU

completion: 2021

photography: yasuhiro takagi