Translucency defines this modern interpretation of the traditional “Chise” buildings of the Ainu tribes in Japan. Defying traditional construction methodology, this structure is constructed of a double skin membrane composed of a polyester fluorocarbon tarp on the outside and
a glass-fiber cloth membrane on the interior, insulated with polyester insulation from recycled PET bottles. The utilization of these, almost transparent, materials allow for insulation, temperature regulation and natural lighting.
Kengo Kuma and Associates designed this home to respond to seasonal conditions on the inside and out. Keeping true to the inspiration, the construction includes lighting to create a soft glow, similar to the look of a glowing fire.