House without Depth | Atelier Bow-Wow

House without Depth by Atelier Bow-Wow | 1994

House without Depth | Atelier Bow-Wow

“House without oku (depth) Oku is a deep inside, or a back of behind. Normally, in the Japanese architecture of residential space, an inner space is recessed and not connected to circulation, and an outer space is exterior and open to connections. However, the house without oku inverts the correlation between interior and exterior using two nested boxes and tubes that connect both inner and outer boxes. One enters the inner box first through a tube, and then progresses “deeper” into the outer box. With the outer box connected to the outside through openings, the definite oku does not exist.”