This Traditional Japanese House was Designed by Jun Igarashi, a 38-year-old architect who hails from Hokkaido. He has coined the phrase “buffer boxes” to describe how some of his designs abstractly capture the layered properties of traditional Japanese houses. “In former days, we connected the inside and outside with a veranda,” Igarashi says. “Unraveling the nature of those in-between spaces gives me a hint of how to make a completely novel kind of architectural space.The uniform steel facade doesn’t reveal much about the interior, where a sunroom and a study gradually differentiate the living area from the garden”.
Looking in from the shallow terrace, only the living area is immediately visible.
While the way it scatters inside makes for a perfect condition in which light and shadow live together.
For a house in Hokkaido, Japan, Jun Igarashi dispensed with walls in favor of more nuanced forms of spatial division.
Three Organdy Curtains
The view is no less dramatic when the garden is blocked by the three organdy curtains that help define the rooms.It limits vision but creates an awareness.
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