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The House of Translucent Sheds

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Tato Architects came up with a very novel way to magnify warmth and light for a family in a region of northern Japan with few hours of winter daylight.

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Three sheds are built on the roof.

Two of them are translucent and have no floor, making them gigantic skylights over the main floor.

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The third shed is not translucent.

The rest of the roof deck creates a play space for the children.

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The translucent roof sheds act as huge skylights.

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One of the three sheds houses a very ample and sunshine-filled bathroom.

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The bathroom sink is poised over the stairwell, extending the bathroom space.

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A plentiful and relaxing space is formed in the warm sun for bathing, with a bath at one end and at the opposite end (seen below) a full width shower.

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Viewed from the bath, the shower appears as a translucent wall.

The walls have more layers than the roof, so the visibility is greatly reduced.

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The sunroom shed above the dining room  brings down the most sky lighting effect.

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These translucent polycarbonate structures collect warmth in winter, and exhaust heat through their windows in summer.

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Upstairs, a small homework study area is incorporated right into the stair rail.

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The roof is accessed next to the guesthouse shed.

This opening can be closed during the heat of summer and the extreme cold of winter nights .

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The lower floor is slightly sunken into the raised earthen site, creating the look of a small platform housing the sheds, and building up a sloping site around the ground floor so that the in-floor ground heat pumps are more economically engineered.

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The shed shapes hearken back to the vernacular peasant work shed in the rural landscape.

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The region – surrounded by mountains – has overcast skies most days.

The design is a very clever solution that creates a light and stable climate inside.

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