Architect Sunday, June 25th 2017.
We were interested to see how a house can be designed to ensure privacy for its inhabitant without being completely cut out from the surroundings and the views. We found this family home in Tochigi, Japan which offered us a stylish answer to that question. The house was designed by studioLOOP in 2014 and has 103 square meters of living space inside. There were two major elements that the project focused on. One was privacy and in order to ensure intimate ambiance and design that doesn’t exposes the spaces to the neighboring sites, the architects devised a way to have a practical organization of functions. They placed all the social and common areas on the ground floor and the private spaces were positioned upstairs.
The house takes up about 300 square meters and has a 35 square-meter terrace, achieved by offsetting the second floor to the south to allow plenty of sunlight to shine on the gardens along the waterfront. The main floor of the house features an open floor plan with a comfortable living area toward the front of the house. The kitchen and dining area is set off from the entryway and living room by a few steps and is at garden level. Best of all, it faces the back of the house and offers the most spectacular views of the water.
The fireplace is front and center in the living area, however the entire house is heated with geothermal power. In fact, the house is not even connected to the energy grid that supplies the island. The architects used a special system that helps warm the structure by recycling thermal energy. Even better, almost all of the electricity that the house uses is solar-based. Between the LED lights, highly efficient insulating aluminum shell and the triple glass window frames, the house is exceptionally energy efficient and sustainable.
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