To combine with the world’s most advanced technology and to merge well with the four seasons; snow in winter, trees that grow from spring to summer, and the great landscape full of farms and crops. / To design energy saving housing based on data which proves the affect of energy saving and to send such information to the world and the society.




The traditional Japanese furniture ‘Kotatsu’ is a great invention: a concentratedly conditioned space not only achieves human comfort efficiently and economically, the Kotatsu also profoundly influences human behaviors, causing sometimes what is called ‘Kotatumuri’ - a person willingly ‘stuck’ to the Kotatu. Our scheme attempts to influence the daily pattern of its inhabitants by positioning a movable fabric wall acting as a barrier to the rising warm air and hence concentrating heat at a specific space.

A structural and service core acts much like a tree trunk, allowing circulation of resources (energy, water etc.) as well as support to the floor and roof. The programs of a traditional farm house - Doma, Zashiki, Shinshitu (2nd floor bedroom) are wrapped around the core into a spiral to minimize surface area in order to limit heat loss. A second layer, operable skin surounds the Engawa (inbetween space) allows for openness during warm seasons and otherwise extra insulation.

plan 1

plan 2

plan 3

section AA

section BB

structure Structure Model by Sonja Cheng

render elevation

render interior

render night-time
Model photography + collage by Joe Liao



At the end of the day,
It is us.
It is us who forge elements into machines,
push mountains into plains,
turn winters into summers,
light our nights into days.
It is us who burn the borrowed sunlight,
with no real source of backing;
Us who take many things for granted,
yet to feel constantly lacking.

Couldn’t we compose a natural cadence for living,
inspire a habit for appreciation,
multiply the desire for less,
and plant the seeds for satisfaction?
Shouldn’t we marry the elegance of technology,
the insights of psychology,
the experience of architecture,
and the wisdom of culture?
Wouldn’t we then look beyond resources efficiency,
into attainable frugality,
retainable fulfillment,
and sustainable happiness?

1K33Jō, a name of an urban dwelling:
one room, one kitchen,
33 pieces of tatami.
Simple to its essence.
(1K33Jō,) an experiment on inhabitation:
for lovers on honeymoon, students upon graduation,
family on vacation, or an individual on retreat.
Constantly learning and improving the interaction.
(1K33Jō,) an architecture with aspirations:
to be a protector, a supporter,
an instructor, and a friend.
Collaborating to live better.