Residential project in Saitama, Japan. The design innovates on the use of outside areas like terraces and verandas by taking advantage of the interests of the homeowner discovered during the initial consultation.
The homeowners, having very active lifestyles and being fans of the outdoors, were the inspiration for the core concept of HOUSE S, whose design aims to integrate the outdoor spaces into the day-to-day lives of the homeowners.
The floor plan of HOUSE S features an outside terrace that is exactly the same size as the second floor living, dining and kitchen area. Separating the two equally sized areas is a single sheet of glass.
However, the main point of the design is not the large size of the terrace but rather the fact that it is the exact same size as the LDK area.
In most homes, the terrace acts as a secondary component almost as if it’s added on to the main indoor living space. Conversely, the design of HOUSE S breaks down this barrier and creates a more equal relationship. In other words, there’s no clear indication whether the inside of the house is the main living area or if it’s the other way around. If the homeowners wanted to, they could treat the outside terrace as the main “living room”.
Instead of focusing on the fixed concept of separating the terrace and the LDK area, the design for HOUSE S breaks down these conventional barriers and allows the homeowner to discover the possibilities of using the space’s full potential.
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