© TOMOHIRO SAKASHITA

K HOUSE

SINGLE RESIDENTIAL
OSAKA, JAPAN
210㎡

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Japanese houses have a reputation of “rabbit huts” – this house is no exception. In Japan, highly efficient designs with no wasted space is extremely desirable for high density urban residential. By dividing spaces with walls into number of rooms, and connect them with corridors, it segregates spaces and turns spaces which are not utilised by people into dead spaces.

That is where the spatial idea of facing bedrooms and study rooms onto a double-storey tall living/ dining space was formed. When the bedrooms or study rooms are not utilised, simply by opening up the sliding doors or screens, the smaller spaces are reunited with the double-storey space, and give the spaces a sense of openness. Furthermore, the sliding doors and screens also have the role of adjusting the level of privacy within the family.

For people of modern society, who are accustomed to a lifestyle which directly connects individual rooms to the society through internet, it makes us wonder about the importance of a lifestyle which allows family members to live their everyday life while sensing the existence of the other family members. It makes us wonder whether this interactive lifestyle could assist in deepening the connection between the family members.

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