Something about the shape of the Shirasu House makes it appear smaller than it really is. What you're looking at is a two-story home that accommodates a family of six, yet it sits as a marvelously monolithic mass with its eccentrically angled walls. It's very much unlike the neighboring dwellings on its street in Kagoshima, Japan.
Aray Architects hoped to create an architectural statement that is seldom worked into the residential scale. A mixture of cement and volcanic soil makes up the structure of the domicile, and the form seems to reference this idea of a miniature mountainous outcrop. The ash-colored exterior of the Shirasu House is built up with long and slender bricks that have been locally sourced. To complete this environmental image, the abode boasts eco-friendly heating and cooling systems.