Japanese architects StudioGreenBlue
have completed a house in Kōnosu City, Saitama Prefecuture, Japan, with an
interior featuring white perforated screens throughout the space.
Called Distance of Fog, the project incorporates metal screens to provide
sense of privacy within the open-plan space.
Th perforated partitions each have a different pattern and have been
arranged to overlap each other.
This overlapping creates a constantly changing pattern depending on the
angle of the viewer and provides a distorted view of whatever is behind the
Here’s some more information from the architects:
This house is called “Distance of Fog” and it is situated in the suburbs
The project site is located on a cul de sac with seven other single
Cul de sac’s in Japan often are used as a common space for the families
that live on them, and they are often used as children’s playgrounds or
places of gathering.
But unfortunately, most suburban Japanese homes tend to be disconnected
to the street.
This subdivision is certainly no exception.
The client requested an “expanse of space” and an “open floorplan” which
suited their lifestyle.
Therefore, we decided to design a house with a bright presence.
We also wanted to extend the brightness into the rooms and naturally
illuminate the common spaces within the home.
Privacy became the biggest challenge when deciding to open the home up to
It became apparent that the proximity of the home to the road presented a
challenge of separation between spaces.
So we decided to create a sense of distance with the concept of looking
This concept breaks up the visual range, without creating a solid
Using the concept of filtering an image, we adjusted the level of visual
information penetrating through multiple layers, creating an effect similar
to looking though fog.
First, we moved the house to the back of the lot and maximized the front
Then we adjusted the level of visual information as it relates to the
finish floor level, placement of walls, and also reflections on mirrors and
Furthermore, we separated the private room by using perforated metal
screens, each one of a unique pattern, and they were arranged to very