House in Saijō
Set on a lot with views of mountains to the south across surrounding countryside expanses, this one creates a home space with a relaxed, open feel even while offering a nicely balanced sense of enclosure.
Design features offer the enjoyment of gradations ranging from open viewing to closed from sight: a glass door that appears virtually not there… a screen door centering the space, fitted with a low crossrail… shōji screens papered with see-through washi at upper portions only. From the single opening of the in-wall space where they can be stowed all give options for different ways to set off the space.
Spaces of just-right proportions angle inward to comprise the interior, based upon the physical sensation of calm, while the line of sight is pulled on toward the distant rows of mountains.
Here is a home, the space where a family can feel at ease, connecting as well with the outside. Design work aimed to create the sort of space that would seem to gradually exude a sense of comfort.