Residential home designed for a very close-knit family. The most striking feature of this design is the lack of walls to separate living spaces and the open concept design.
HOUSE A was designed for a couple with three children. The family, being so close-knit that you could say they don’t even need separate rooms, was a huge influence on the final design.
The first floor features a strikingly open single room with a long piece of white steel extending in a gentle curve from one end of the room to the other. This steel structure at the center of the room can be used as a bench, a shelf or a partition to divide different areas in the living space. The flexible use means that even if the family members might be engaged in completely different activities, they’re still connected by a single line flowing through the room.
Furthermore, to strengthen the sense of connection between the family members as well as the intimate atmosphere of the home, the design takes an innovative approach to lighting and the use of windows.
A series of small windows placed at random-like locations across the entire wall along with a top light allow a great deal of natural light inside while at the same time creating an intimate and private environment for the family. At the same time, somewhat secluded areas are also incorporated into the design to allow for semi-private spaces while maintaining the open concept.
Moving to the second floor, this sense of connectivity among family members is maintained with the master bedroom and three children’s rooms all being connected to the atrium. A large table in the common area on the second floor creates a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that the children can share when studying.
No matter what the various family members are doing or where they are in the home, the design of HOUSE A allows for them to fell connected at all times, something really important for such a clos-knit family.
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