In this house you talk to each other through walls, ceilings and floors.
In Japan, you are well known to live both compact and sometimes cramped, especially in the big and crowded cities.
The result of population densities is that exciting things are happening on the architecture front, as many should stay smart in small space.
And in this house, the fusion between architecture and function has reached new heights.
In Itabashi, a densely populated part of Japan’s capital, Tokyo, architects from Takeshi Hosaka Architect Office received the job of drawing a house for a family consisting of two adults and two children.
– The challenge here was that both parents were highly hearing impaired, while both boys have normal hearing, explains architect Takeshi Hosaka to Bonytt. no.
– And the house should work for everyone, and not least make communication and opportunities for this better.
Room Room House was to be set up on a small plot that was adjacent to a main house, where three generations of the same family live together, which is very common in Japan.
– Room Room House, which we ended up calling the project, became an extension to this main house, explains Hosaka.
– Just that the plot of this extremely densely populated area was small and in many ways unsuitable made the job a challenge. And that was before we started to get the features the house had to put in place.
Extended house with smart annex
The new building, which would serve as living areas and bedrooms for the small family, consists of two small rooms on the first floor used for bedrooms, one large living room on the second floor and the flat roof terrace.
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– What we did was draw a box-like construction that we “stuck” at the main house, explains Takeshi Hosaka.
– The main building built several years ago had become too small and narrow for the three generations who lived there, which resulted in the owners buying some of the neighbor’s land to build a modern “annexe” on.
According to the design site Dezeen works in many ways Room Room house simply as a separate living / living room to make room for a growing family.
The children have tumble space and are not so obstructed by furniture and other items. In addition, one has made room for two extra bedrooms.
Facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms can not be found in the new building, where you still use the main house.
This house has only windows on the roof
Looking at Room Room House from the outside, it’s not so hard to understand that the somewhat special looking house has attracted a lot of attention at home and abroad.
– On two of the sides, the house faces the narrow streets of the residential area where the house is located, explains the architect of Bonytt. no.
– The children often play the two children of the family, and the parents wanted a house that made it easier to communicate with their children, both when they were inside the house and when they were playing.
The solution was to perforate the house with small windows, both inside and out, which would make communication between adults and children both easier and more convenient.
– The children communicate verbally through these windows, while communication between parents or parents and children takes place with sign language, it is explained on the architect’s website.
– Sometimes the children summon the attention of one of the parents by dropping a small game, such as a small plastic car, through one of the holes in the floor from the second floor down the ground floor.
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Light and air
It’s only verbal and non-verbal communication that takes place through the many small windows of the house. The more than one hundred small holes also fill the house with light and air from the outside, which makes the interior of the home a light and airy touch.
The openings in the floor between the first and second floors not only help parents and children to talk together, but also that the light is spread in a special way in this house, explains the architect.
– Over a hundred small windows facilitate the process of communication and unity in this family.
Mother, father and child of 29 square
The openings also make it possible for green plants to grow up through the windows in the floor and up the second floor where the family’s living / family room is located.
– The windows clearly contribute to creating some kind of accountability and belonging between floors, Hosaka believes.
Inside and inside
There is no doubt that this house is in every way practical for this family, where both parents are disabled with severely impaired hearing / deafness.
What’s also exciting is the visual interest that these hundreds of small windows create on the outside of the house.
– At night and night, this house has a very special atmosphere, explains the architect.
– Both from the outside, but also not least inside the house.
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Form and Function
Several floors on the ground floor have been made elevators in the floor during an opening up into the building’s second floor. Here you have set large and tall pots, which are allowed to grow from one floor to the next.
– It was important to us when we designed the house of these 200 x 200 mm small windows should have more practical features, explains Hosaka.
– Now they act as climbing holes for active children, locks for sound and air and light between floors, and, in particular, facilitate everyday communication with this family.
In this house, children and parents can communicate across walls, ceilings and floors, and whether outside or inside.
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– It’s a dynamic house, concludes Takeshi Hosaka.
– Here in this house circles light, air and signs and talks between inside and out, up and down, in a natural, though new and exciting way.
Room Room House is an exciting example of how function and shape can break boundaries and how good and practical architectural solutions really can make life easier.
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