Suppose Design Office recently finished a family house in the city of Obama, in the Fukui prefecture on the sea of Japan.
The client – the director of a clinic opposite the house – wished to combine openness on the ground floor to allow for parking spaces for this clients with a more protected first floor living spaces.
Kitchen space, bathrooms, study corners and storage are strategically placed at the perimeter of the site to form a buffer around the living areas and bedrooms. Light and air are allowed in through the insertion of courtyards with glass-framed walls between the rooms.
The use of identical floorboards in internal and external areas, running along the length of the house, give a strong interaction between inside and outside, creating one continuer connected space.
Photos by Toshiyuki Yano