Hats off to this Japanese house with a big cantilevered roof

jun igaragshi house
© Sergio Pirrone via Designboom

Given our name, it should be no surprise that we love wood buildings. But can you have too much of a wood thing? Designboom shows a small, economical house designed by Jun Igarashi Architects. There was a tight budget on the job, and there's a building code rule in Hokkaido requiring three foot deep foundations. The architects cleverly put this to use by putting the bedroom and bath in the basement.

They also left all the wood exposed, and used simple exposed diagonal cables for lateral stability. I love the look of the interior.

But the dominant feature is the giant hat of a roof, which shades and protects the six foot deep balcony. I do worry though about what might happen in a big windstorm, how much uplift can that roof take, might these be eaves of destruction?

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