With an initial–and huge–priority to block out a 6-story apartment developing next door, Flat 40 was devised with meticulous design strategy. A minimalist dream home by Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design, this private residence sits in downtown Imbari, Japan and is an architectural surprise.
With a extended, narrow lot compounded by the hulking creating adjacent to the home, the challenge was presented, then clearly overcome, with engaging contemporary design. The bold white one-story structure features an interior split-level plan which takes advantage of the hovering privacy wall, or ukikabe, built around it. This wall in and of itself is beautiful, yet its the living locations which advantage from its function. Light and ventilation penetrate the partition, contributing power and cooling to the property which emerges from beneath.
Developed as a linear system, a sunken entrance door opens unto to a extended corridor top to a central courtyard which the interiors mesh with. This hallway elegantly divides the mezzanine-level bedrooms from the principal floor living places.
Sheets of glass walls and plentiful skylights harness all-natural light by day, although reflecting interior lighting by evening which casts dramatic shadows inside the contemporary spaces. The design and style portrays a naturally-occuring “mood lighting” which is remarkable!
Concrete paired with wood grain creates a melody across the program, whilst furnishings are just as straightforward, not stifling the nicely-intended openness.
The bedrooms, although separate spaces from inside, all open to a shared outdoor corridor which pours in organic light and fresh air. The living places under are open, flowing into each and every other and follow the timber ceiling which becomes a homogenous factor all through.
A swimming pool wrapped in a ribbon of timber resides on the other side of the courtyard which blooms with cherry blossom trees. The greenery and water can be appreciated from the living-dining-kitchen zone.
Flat 40 is a home in balance, an unconventional modern day dream dwelling with a sole structural element bringing it to the next level of progressive design and style.