Traditional Japanese House

Description
This house is representative of the traditional Japanese house that is organised as a series of interconnected spaces that can be joined or divided by means of sliding partition walls. The individual rooms are only separated by lightweight walls and can never really be fully (acoustically) isolated. The flexibility that derives from this principle, is one of indeterminacy. The openness of the plan as well as the frame construction suggest that functional and social changes can be dealt with easily — both on a daily as well as on a periodic or even longer term basis. Connections between rooms can be opened or closed through sliding screens, which make it possible to change the size and the function of a space in a matter of seconds: two individual rooms can be joined by simply opening up two large screens so that two small spaces become one large room that can be used for a specific festivity or family gathering. The actual flexibility and adaptability of the house is thereby completely dependent upon the active participation of the users (as well as a specific type of furniture): by pulling out futons from a storage cupboard, a room that was used as a dining or sitting room can be transformed into a bedroom; the minimal approach to furnishings, and the relative lack of other clutter, demands a discipline to achieve flexibility that may be beyond normal living patterns, but nonetheless the principle remains and has fascinated generations of architects. Flexibility is also enabled through a modular approach to design. The size of the rooms is based on the standard measure of tatami mats, with rooms made up of a set of these mats. i.e. 6 or 8; these and other building components are thus interchangeable. Plan
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Floors: 2

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1 appartment

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Wood

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Housing

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