House in Buzen by Suppose Design Office

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Here's another project from Japanese studio Suppose Design Office, this time a house in Buzen, Japan, where separate structures are connected under a glass canopy. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

Called House in Buzen, the wood-clad residence features courtyards and corridors where children can play under the glazed roof.

More about Suppose Design Office on Dezeen:

Lodge hair Salon (February 2010)
Karis cardboard boutique (February 2010)
Cloud at Designtide Tokyo (November 2009)
Nature Factory (August 2009)
House in Minamimachi (July 2009)
House in Matsuyama (July 2009)
House in Nagoya (July 2009)
House in Saijo (July 2009)
House in Jigozen (June 2009)
House in Sakuragawa (June 2009)
House in Kamakura (June 2009)

Here are some more details from the designers:


House in Buzen

When they are young, places like a narrow path between houses, the edge of a garden, the back of a shed, under the floor, or an open lot are the preferred playgrounds of children.

Rather than a park or garden that was built to be played in, we wanted to make a house with a courtyard that would become a playground naturally.

Rather than a collection of rooms, we think of this house as a collection of constructions, and we produced a design that seems to be made out of various different structures.

Paths covered by a glass roof weave between the disconnected structures to create an interior space that feels exterior, a private space that feels public, a hall that feels like an avenue.

In that space the children can run around, you can enjoy a breeze while you eat, read under the sun, and fall asleep watching the stars.

There is a charm beyond imagination there, beyond normal home life.

Just like children who use space outside to its full potential, we wanted to make equal the relationship between inside-and out by using the courtyard as a part of everyday life and bringing inside activities outside.

Beyond making city streets like courtyards to make them feel closer to houses, we want to continue to try and envision the architecture of the future, moving past the inside-outside relationship to find new types of connections.


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  • Fizz

    Re. frames 7, 9 and 13: I see that one is not allowed to hang pictures on the walls.

  • Terry

    The bathroom could use some curtains, shutters, or shades on the windows for privacy.

  • L.W.

    No question it’s very nice….but…could see it working just as nicely (possibly better) with a few judiciously located connecting canopies…the glass just doesn’t come off either as functionally necessary or essential to the thing. On the contrary, it comes with multiple liabilities and invites more problems than it solves. As many comments have pointed out, the glass roof seems to violate the rule of ‘commodity’ as Vitruvius would say. Might have been more rewarding to acknowledge weather as a design consideration rather than fighting it (you know who will win). The glass roof kind of detours around some meaningful alternative opportunities to incorporate pools, scuppers, planting and water management as design components. Not to mention the advanced ideas regarding heating and cooling this approach would have demanded.