This house called the Warehouse is located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, Japan. It has been designed by Shinichi Ogawa and associates. The Warehouse has a neat shape with an inner court providing an absolute privacy. The layout of the interior has a linear orientation creating a single room space with no limits. Rooms that needs an access to the water, as a kitchen or a bathroom, are stepped down from the living-room.
The placement of the furniture is functional, these free-standing wooden pieces with embedded toilets or closets should divide different spaces instead of a wall. The interior is separated from the enclosed court by a large sliding door that connects the outside with the interior and allows communication and interaction between these two areas. The dominant colour is white symbolising peace, harmony and light. White colour is complemented by black coloured elements or natural colour as decoration stones or flowers.
The majority of the present population is concentrated in big cities. This tiny house constructed in the middle of a forest has been designed by Mutsue Hayakusa that specializes in green architecture design and creation of “cell spaces” that are functional as well as efficient. The interesting facts about this projects are its location in the houseless area and its concept based on a game with geometric shapes. The housing was made mostly from wood and sustainable materials. None tree was cut on the parcel, what had been a challenge because the forest is very bushy. The architect wanted to point out that it is possible to built a modern housing in the heart of a forest without any human intervent. As for the interior, it is minimalistic and simple allowing to perceive the presence of the forest. Owners of the house can economize a lot of electricity thanks to the sustainable materials and natural shading of trees.
Japanese architects y + M Design Office have recently finished a project of a unique family residence in Japan. The house is unusual for its roof in the shape of stairs. One can access the top of the house from the garden. There are perforations between each pair of stairs that provide the space with enough of natural sunlight. The owners of this unique house is a young couple with their children, twins. The parcel is located right on the coastline. In the winter, strong and cold wind blows and there is not a lot of sunlight comparing to summer period when it is very hot and the building is exposed to direct sunlight.
The final design was modified considering the mentioned climate conditions but it is still very original. The entire staircase is made from porcelain tiles that are not hard to maintain. The final appearance is magic, in the night when you are looking inside from the outside, you can see through perforations on the stairs what is going on inside, but it does not affect the privacy of the owners. During the day, on the other hand, the owners have a great view of what is going on outside the house and still keeping their privacy.
Japanese architecture studio Apollo Architects & Associates has recently built an unusual house situated in a villa part of Tokyo, Japan. The house looks like a compact rectangular concrete block with an extension pointing from one side of the building. With a room with an inclined roof and a jutting console glazed from one side, it was dubbed Knot. The project takes advantage that there is a height difference between floors. The inner layout of rooms is divided into a number of levels.
The living-room area is an open space that provides access to dining-room and kitchen. Bedroom is situated on the other floor. There are other two bedrooms with a bathroom in the house located under the living-room area. The exterior is simple, composed by a mixture of concrete and glass. Interior spaces are furnished by different types of modern furniture made in Sweden and Italy. This house with an overall surface of 100 square meters provides an unbelievably rich and sophisticated world.
Japanese practice a.l.x. has designed “On the cherry blossom”, a house on the corner of a residential street in Tokyo, Japan. The name is derived from two cherry trees nearby the building but also from its unusual shape. The house just like to tree grows upwards, the trunk ramifies and the form widens just like it functions. Windows are located mostly on the higher floors and the window on the first floor, the smallest one is designed for vertical communication. The wide floor-to-ceiling window face on the upper-most floor offers the house owners a spectacular view from the dining table of the surrounding trees and roofs. The house is a simplified model of the cherry tree and is composed of multiple cubic volumes fitted together. The resulting design is marvelous and offers the observers always new view of the object. By this project the architects showed how the question of corner plot can be perceived. The interior gives puristic impression. The dominant colour is white which does not in any way disturb the space but only opens up and enlarges the house with living space only 85 square meters.