Light Sheds – A Light Infused Photography Studio in Japan

This small, light infused building serves as a photographer’s studio. Set in Kanagawa, Japan, the studio has been designed by FT Architects, who have titled the project, “Light Sheds”.


Photography Studio - FT Architects - Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

Measuring 15-by-24 feet (4.5-by-7.2 meters), the Light Sheds studio contains about 355 square feet (33 square meters) of usable space. According to the architects, the projects concept was built around that of the humble shed – they aimed to create a simple, functional structure.


Photography Studio - FT Architects - Japan - Interior - Humble Homes

One of the biggest challenges of the project was managing the limited budget; they needed to create a relatively large space without breaking the bank. In the end they settled on a gable roof with a timber frame. However, unlike a standard gable roof house, this one was distorted slightly (giving the Light Sheds its unusual form).


Photography Studio - FT Architects - Japan - Window View - Humble Homes

They made use of timber logs to support the roof rafters, and to eliminate the need for horizontal timber ties that would eat into the head height of the interior. The walls are constructed built in a post and beam fashion, revealed by the translucent polycarbonate panels on the exterior.

Photography Studio - FT Architects - Japan - Entrance - Humble Homes

Light Sheds is clad almost entirely with the corrugated panels, and they also serve as a means of introducing plenty of ambient light into the studio. The right-hand-side wall also features a number of windows that look out onto the garden, bringing in yet more indirect sunlight. The overall effect is a space which is as bright as the exterior, blurring the lines between inside and out.

Photography Studio - FT Architects - Japan - Timber Beams - Humble Homes

The interior of the building itself is bare. The client’s needs beyond has a workspace were few. It’s been finished simply, with white-painted walls and a concrete floor. Since their first project, FT Architects having been incorporating timber into their works: “We have been continually exploring ways to inherit and translate the purity of traditional Japanese timber compositions into modern construction.”

For more studio spaces check out this guest house that combines a chicken coop, tool shed, and a music room. Or, this humble garden studio by Studio Bassum. See all studios.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Shigeo Ogawa

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.