House in Sagamino by Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects

Here's another project by Toyko company Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects, who designed the House in Hiyoshi in our earlier story.

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They completed House in Sagamino, a private residence in Kanagawa, Japan, in 2007.

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The design concept was to connect the rooms through openings in the internal walls.

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Coloured lights shine through the openings, alerting occupants to the presence of family members in other rooms of the house when the beam is obstructed.

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Photography by Takumi Ota.

The following text is a description from the architects:

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The site for the house was outside Tokyo; a vast, featureless plot.  To plan the design we studied the context and the client’s way of life.

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Our concept was to connect the rooms by small windows in the walls.

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We tried to change the relations between spaces. The family can sense someone in the next room by colours changing with natural light.

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Please don't expect to find that we intended to design the walls. We just wanted to find the new relationships between man and space.

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But we do accept that slight diffusing light is beautiful even for the small spaces.

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Credits:
Project name : House in Sagamino
Architect: Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects
Date: 2007
Area: 73sqm
Location: Kanagawa, Japan
Photography: Takumi Ota
Award: National residential lighting award 2008