Suburban home in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The design, which has “time with ones family” as the central theme, allows for a change a feelings as one makes the transition from the entrance of the property to the inside of the home.
The homeowners of HOUSE Y are a married couple with the husband having a busy work schedule as an architect. With such a hectic schedule, the division between his work and personal life is not always clear.
The main goal of the design was to achieve an environment that helped him leave his work behind and focus on spending valuable time with his family.
To see how this was achieved, we need to look at how the design encourages changes in feelings and mindset as you enter the property and make your way to the inside of the home.
The long pathway leading up to the house features a series of stepping-stones. By having to walk on the individual stones one by one, this causes you to focus your attention inwards, away from the outside world. As you come closer, what you see is not the facade of a typical house but rather a strikingly large yet simple white box-like structure with LED lights on the outside wall, creating a clear separation between the outside world and the home you’re about to enter.
After passing through the oversized door, instead of stepping into a room, you find yourself in a garden within the structure. However, if you look closely, you notice that the garden is actually surrounded by various family rooms in the home and despite being outside you’ve entered a space separated from the outside world.
With the first floor housing private areas such as the master bedroom and children’s room, the second floor is focused on family spaces for communication such as the living room, dining area and kitchen.
This separation between the outside world and the home, not only helps to define a clear distinction between work and family life, but also creates an intimate and comfortable environment built specifically for spending precious time with ones family.
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