Smart design makes this small Japanese house seem bigger.
Most of architecture is an attempt by the architects to create something beautiful, unique or spectacular. But now it is now so that very few man-made structures can completely compete with what nature is behind. But precisely this was, according to the design and architecture site Dornob, a young architectural firm in Japan would be alive when they set out to design the house Minna-no-ie in the middle of Tokyo.
According to the site, the architects from mamm design sought to combine nature and architecture in the best possible way as they started the little house.
There was not much space the architects had at the disposal of the small town house to be designed and designed. The plot, in the middle of a very densely populated area in one of the world’s largest cities, was only at a minimum of 4.5 x 12 meters.
To maximize light and air into the house, the architects designed glass doors that extend from floor to ceiling. These serve as the entrance to the house.
In this way, we made a seamless transition between the inside and outside, explains architect Akira Mada in an email to Bonytt. no.
– Something that was important to the family, who dreamed of a home that would not feel neither dark nor compact, despite the starting point with a small and confined plot.
In the middle, a tree grows
The first man that visitors to this house will notice is undoubtedly the big living tree that looks as if it grows up from the floor in the middle of the house. In reality, the tree is in an inner courtyard – located in the middle of the dwelling.
The kitchen in the home is located in a submerged section of the first floor, a simple structure with design that will not steal the attention of the tree – as the architects shelter as an element of natural ambiance in a man-made construction.
– We have placed the dining area just below the central tree, explains Mada.
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In this way, one feels a connection to nature from within the house, which we believe gives a certain sense of freedom.
The floor inside the small “courtyard” is clad with stone tiles, which immediately brings the mind to an outdoor patio or garden.
Only the bathroom has walls
According to the design site Designboom, only the bathroom is located at the back of the house, which is fitted with walls.
– In the rest of the house, the interior and rooms flow together and are free, explains architect Mada.
– But in the bathroom the family had a desire for walls and privacy.
The other levels and floors of the house are all centered around the inner courtyard.
– There are no barriers between the rooms and levels, Mada says.
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In this way, everyone, wherever they are in the house, can connect visually to the very heart of the house.
The architect explains that the floor plan is also very convenient for a young family.
– In this way, by creating barriers between zones and rooms, it is possible to chat and conduct a conversation, even if you are in different parts of the house.
Large skylights, or skylights if you want, shine daylight down the house.
– This creates great light and shadow effects throughout the day, Mada describes.
The house, which is a total of 2.5 floors, is spread over several platforms and zones. In this way, the architects have divided the home to the needs and wishes of the family.
– The family wanted a dwelling with a distinction between private and public zones, Mada expands.
– The private rooms are more tucked away in relation to the central “garden” room than the more communal rooms.
The architects have no doubt succeeded in creating a sense of flow and openness in the home, and each part of the house has direct contact with the central “plaza”, where you have double ceilings to allow light from the top to be sown down through the whole house.
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Mada explains that for the clients, the house became exactly the way they had dreamed.
– It is especially pleased with the feeling of being attached to nature through the tree in the middle of the house. Additionally, they tell us that the movements between light and shadow in the home are great and change through the clock.
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