jun murata clads dwelling with a façade of vertical white fins in japan

jun murata clads dwelling with a façade of vertical white fins in japan jun murata clads dwelling with a façade of vertical white fins in japan

jun murata clads dwelling with a façade of vertical white fins in japan
all images © jun murata

‘n strips’ is a project by japanese architect jun murata located in a suburb of osaka. defined by the pattern of white fins that clad the façade, the renovation project saw a 39 year old multi-tenant and mixed use building being harmonized with its urban surroundings, while establishing an iconic presence on the street scape.

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the envelope is developed by a series of white fins created from an algorithm

murata’s decision was to repair and remove the outer cement envelope and have them replaced with a series of vertical white louvers. as well as encourage air flow into the interior, the louvers contribute to the privacy of the inhabitants. the specific pattern was created from an algorithm influenced by the conditions of aperture ratio, louver size, cost and weight. 

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openings interrupt the louvered façade

furthermore, all of the interior walls and old features from its previous office use and guest space was removed. the old layout was organized into an open-plan style in order to correspond to the diverse daily lifestyles of the people. the louvers seen from the inside space frame interesting views and produces a play in light. during the day, its linear shadow changes dramatically along with sunlight and at night, the frontage is illuminated by an upper indirect lighting.

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interior detail

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each louvers is almost 2.55m long with the aspect of the 30mm thickness x 75mm depth

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interior

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rooms are lit by inset lighting

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the minimal interior and the neutral design intends to cater to a wide range of programs

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the louvers encourage airflow and privacy

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n strips, jun murata

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