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Brief Published: 21 May 2014

Unfinished House by Yamazaki Kentaro

Unfinished House by Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Designed by Tokyo-based Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, Unfinished House is an adaptable domestic space that can respond to the changing needs of those living in it. Four two-storey boxes arranged around a central hub space create a home with an unusual layout that lacks defined partitions and private spaces.

Rather than having set rooms, the design is intended to address flexibility in family life. The central space provides an open living area where the family can congregate at different times throughout the day, while the boxed areas can be adapted to individual family needs. Simple plywood clads the interior for a blank canvas in rooms that can be used for multiple purposes, allowing for modification as a family grows, their belongings increase or children’s interests change.

As the nature of family life continues to shift, the design of domestic spaces is altering accordingly. A new open and multipurpose approach is emerging, particularly suited to multigenerational families and shared homes. For more insight into the changing family and home, see The Evolving Domestic Landscape – part of our Modern Family Macro Trend.