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A House Made Of Stacked Steel Boxes

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To fulfil their client’s wish for a home that was “out of the norm”, Japanese firm Atelier Tekuto proposed the Cell Bricks house, a structure composed of stacked steel boxes in a staggered pattern.

Hundreds of steel boxes make up almost the entirety of this family home. Inside, the boxes appear in a three-dimensional grid like structure, acting as integrated storage compartments. The openings in-between the boxes are covered by glass, which is translucent in places. Due to the abstract composition and abundance of uniform windows, the home is flooded with flickering light, as if perched under a tree when the midday sun seeps through the leaves. The client, a designer herself, offered her own ideas of implementing a ‘laundry space hidden inside a restroom’ and ‘floating bathroom’ – which can be seen extending out over the entrance.

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All images © Makoto Yoshida