Innovation made in Japan
Japanese architects are experts in maximizing space and “play” with the design in order to make it more responsive to the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the house of Takeshi Hosaka, himself an architect, took this concept to the limit.
Located in Yokohama, the house was built in an area of 60 square meters and rescued from the wavy ground – or curved – to circumvent the limitations of time and area restrictions, allowing at the same time that the natural light into the whole building.
Although its exterior cement is austere, the house changes face inside. Constructed of wood, its organic shapes – circular openings in the ceilings and floors “U” – make it more humane.
The solutions designed by Hosaka are functional – had to challenge the very specific conditions of the site, since the house is sandwiched between two buildings, south and north, and a wall three meters, on the east side.
The side that was left, in turn, has limited access to view and natural light.
So Hosaka created a level base that expands the area of the building by a third and drew curved floors for natural light and the crosswinds could enter the space.
Each floor has a huge opening, with giant windows to give a feeling of space, and a spiral staircase connects the three floors. See the end result.