A World of Contrasts: Modern Japanese Home for an Elderly Couple
Elegant, uncomplicated and showcasing a blend of western aesthetics and classic Japanese design, A Warm Final Residence designed by Takashi Okuno perfectly accommodates the needs of its elderly residents. With a gray and white exterior, the exterior of the residence paints a contemporary picture. Step in and it is a more classic Japanese style that takes over. Warm wooden tones can be found everywhere with an open living area connected to the central courtyard outside. A small wooden deck extends the living room outside while sliding doors delineate space and offer privacy when needed.
It is the living room / dining area that becomes the heart of the new house. Since both the homeowners had contrasting needs in terms of heating and cooling systems, the architects found a delicate middle ground, keeping the interior at a stable temperature through top-notch insulation. A flood of natural light illuminates various rooms of the house cutting back on the need for artificial lighting during daytime. Minimal décor, built-in wooden benches and a neutral color palette create a harmonious and inviting atmosphere. [Photography: Shigeo Ogawa]
Further, the grounds were surveyed to determine the prevailing wind in order to work out the placement of openings to allow winds to effectively pass through the house. Based on that, a plan was made for a wind chimney that promotes ventilation caused by temperature differences. To carefully create an enveloping space that offers a sense of safety, particular attention was paid to the size of each of the hanging partitions