SHARE HOUSE IN KASHIWA
Share House in Kashiwa, Japan with an unusual yet innovative design. Despite being built for use as a share house, the unique stairwell design makes it possible for a single family to use the structure as well.
The design of SHARE HOUSE IN KASHIWA is a truly unique one.
The structure itself, designed with use by two families in mind, has two separate entrances. Both entrances merge into a stairwell-like area between the two sections. However, while one entrance allows residents to enter through the first floor of that section, the other entrance opens into a skeleton staircase going to the second floor entrance of that section.
This open concept creates a sense of connectivity while at the same time creating a clear separation between the two different sections. The unique design allows for two separate families to live in parallel in the same structure with the stairwell acting as a border between the two living spaces.
Although designed for use as a share house, the structure itself can be used in a number of different ways. It could be used by a family living with their parents, a family where the adult children are still living in the same household, or even as a share house where the two sections are divided by gender.
The true spirit of the design is that, despite the clear separation between the two households, the design allows for a sense of connectivity that is at the heart of human interaction regardless of the relationship itself.
Although it might seem like an unusual construction at first glance, traditionally, Japanese communities had a much deeper level of interaction between residents and it was not uncommon to offer boarding to travelers passing by.