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Brief Published: 14 Nov 2011

Transparent Living


Confounding convention with a voyeuristic flourish, Japanese studio Architecture-Lab has created the two-storey Utsonomiya-U house in Tochigi, Japan. The residence has a large hole in the centre of the upstairs floor, making every area visible to the rest of the house.

This novel organisation of interior space puts a fresh spin on the concept of open-plan living, with the open ceiling and lack of walls allowing for maximum diffusion of light within the grand atrium-style space.

Communal areas, such as the kitchen, lounge and dining room, are located on the ground floor, while the bedrooms and bathroom are on the upper floor. Every space can be seen from somewhere else in the house, offering a new model for family and communal living.