Home in densely populated residential area in Saitama, Japan. The unique design makes use of multiple terraces to create a relaxed atmosphere and environment.
The first challenge is how do you ensure the privacy of homeowners and prevent neighbors or passersby from being able to see inside the home.
The second challenge is, instead of creating a completely closed-off environment to solve the privacy issues, how can the freedom and comfort of the outside be incorporated into the living space itself.
In other words, it’s necessary to protect the homeowner’s privacy while maintaining an open and free environment. To solve this dilemma, HOUSE F uses multiple terraces to create an intermediate space.
The three-story home has at least one terrace area on each floor. In terms of the overall layout, the first floor features a Japanese-style room, the second floor is occupied by the living room and the third floor houses the master bedroom, which in turn is connected to two terraces on either side.
These terraces act as buffer zones to maintain the privacy of the occupants inside the home.
Whereas a conventional terrace or veranda would usually be completely open to the street, the four terraces for HOUSE F use the external walls as a type of outer skin to obstruct the views into the home.
At the same time, the multiple large terraces create a comfortable environment where homeowners are free to enjoy a cup of tea, relax outside or use this open yet private space in whatever way they want.
Additionally, with the terraces being connected to the inside rooms through the stairwell and atrium, it’s possible to extend day-to-day activities inside the home out into the terrace area.
The terraces create a “blank” space that opens the door to countless possibilities of flexible use by the homeowner.