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Brief Published: 13 Jan 2012

Light Stage House, Hiroshima


Japanese architectural practice Future Studio has just unveiled the design of Light Stage House. The private dwelling in Hiroshima is filled with a clever combination of curved surfaces and over-sized windows in order to create an interior ambience heavily affected by natural, outdoor rhythms.

Overshadowed by buildings to the south, curved and edgeless surfaces inside help to maximise the flow of sunlight around the two-storey home. The design also elevates communal living areas onto the upper floor, where a slightly submerged semi-circular roof terrace with large glass doors allows maximum diffusion of sunlight into the space.

With lightness as the overriding motif throughout, it’s little surprise that décor comes by way of an all-white colour scheme, which ­– in conjunction with the curved walls – heightens the sense of a continuous space.

From the outside, the building has a curious, industrial-cum-playful quality, thanks to a slate-grey finish punctuated by square windows arranged in a seemingly random manner.

For more on how designers are reconciling increased urbanisation with the natural world, look out for our upcoming report, Return to Nature.

Future Studio