Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

01 September 2013

Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House' in Miyakejima. In the 1970's Japanese architects were searching for independence. One example of this search between centuries old traditions and rigid Modernism is Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House'. The house is situated on the small island of Miyake in the Pacific Ocean.

It was planned in the 1970's as a retreat and communal residential building. Financial restraints meant that the inhabitants had to build the house themselves.

Shin Takasuga's decision to use old, wooden railway sleepers resulted in a 5 year construction time. But it was not the use of railway sleepers that was novel, it was the using of one single type of construction material and method for the whole structure - walls, floors, collumns, roof structure and built in furniture as well. The 3 storey building is situated on a slope on a concrete substructure. A cathedral in all but name.