Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan
Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan
Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan Stepwell House by Yoshiaki Oyaby architects, Japan

All lit up: Lightwell brightens Osaka house

10 : 08 : 2011 Transparency : Openness : Natural Sunlight

Osaka – Local architects Yoshiaki Oyabu have inserted a lightwell into the three-storey Step-well House in a busy neighbourhood of Osaka. The lightwell is designed to help maximise space and provide a natural source of sunlight. The lightwell penetrates floors and ceilings, creating a level of openness and transparency through the use of tempered glass, lined acrylic mirror and corrugated plastic.

The communal spaces – the kitchen, living and dining rooms – sit at an intermediate level on the second floor, with a metre-wide gap from the transparent shaft. This helps to facilitate natural cross-ventilation and a visual connection with activities on the third floor.

As explored in our Leanomics trend report, this is a great example of how designers are pushing towards leaner and more cultural decluttering-orientated design solutions.

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