This flat was planned for a young family with a 2 year-old child. Considering the change of lifestyle due to child’s growth within a limited floor space, installed corners, blind spots and niches with boxy volumes in order to enrich a variety of space.
“A house in Japan is considered differently from one in Europe. It is more transient, sits more lightly on the ground”
No new walls were installed. The boxy volumes which contain storage and bathroom are partitioning the room loosely and fluidly into areas. The volumes are layouted off the grid and the fluidity of space can be controlled flexibly by the sliding doors between volumes. We characterized each small areas with its representative colors and tried to lead the image of space as a series of small impressive scenes.
We used a variety of textures and materials in tangible areas to give a rich, tactile sensation to the experience of the space. These including lauan woods, smooth plastics, motars and rough concrete blocks.While the main volumes and floor are finished by natural wooden material, we used vivid-colored plastic boards to partially cover the doors and shelves. We characterized each small areas with its representative colors and tried to lead the image of space as a series of small impressive scenes.