Located in a quiet neighbourhood in central Tokyo, House S was designed by Keiji Ashizawa and encapsulates the culture of the Japanese while still maintaining the conveniences of modern lifestyle. By comparison, this home may not be as large as some of the other homes featured here on Habitat-MY, but in the densely populated city of Tokyo, this home is a mansion in its own right.
The overall design of this home was designed to maintain the privacy of its occupants while at the same time create living spaces which connects to the nature around it. Purportedly built on the site of an old samurai home, the area surrounding House S is home to mature pine and zelkova trees and makes it possible in designing a home connected to nature rather than destroying it.
Each floor of this home incorporates the greenery of nature and incorporates it into the home as much as possible, on the ground level, the dining and living area opening to a lush garden, allowing the greenery into the home while making the timber finishing of the dining and living room more defined. The living room itself presents a space which is huge, with its double volume ceiling and the design of the facade allows in more natural light which in turn gives this space a mystical look surrounded by modern ascents.
The landing area on the first floor and bedrooms of the home look out into an interesting zen garden view and flows with the overall design of this home (and in my opinion makes for a excellent view for waking up in the mornings). The second floor and rooftop were designed as chillout spaces with plant boxes added to provide space for plants to continue with the concept of integrating nature into the overall home.
House S may be a home that is located in Japan, a country steeped in tradition, but the fluidity of modern elements with more traditional elements of this magnificent country has given birth to a unique home that resonates all the right tones of tranquility. For more images of this home, please click on the thumbnails below.
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