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Brief Published: 26 Jan 2012

Hybrid House Caters to Individual Needs


Catering to the disparate lifestyles of its inhabitants – a surfer/musician couple – Japanese architects firm On Design Partners has designed a home in Fujisawa, Japan, that clearly compartmentalises personal and communal spaces.

Looking more like two individual houses joined by a full-height room in the centre, the space – which the architects refer to as the House with Empty Lot – sits on a tight plot of land, with the majority of internal daylight coming from skylights and elevated windows.

The large atrium at the heart of the house creates a sense of space, offering the couple a place to come together and socialise. Rooms at either end of this space, designed to look like stacked boxes, offer individual areas for the residents to pursue their own interests and develop their own boundaries.

Unusual but also logical in many ways, the home presents a fresh archetype for domestic living that deals with the fact that those living under one roof will frequently have different interests and needs.

On Design Partners