Future housing


This essay was written for the project “House of wind and light

We envisioned a future house.

A house reflects its social context and is planned to meet values, customs, and lifestyles of the time. To think about a future house is to imagine future society and lifestyles.

This apartment was built in 1979 based on a typical family apartment plan in Japan. Our clients wanted to have a flexible living environment allowing for various activities such as inviting guests and working.

A typical apartment plan centered around a space combining a dining room and kitchen, which started 40 years ago in Japan, is no longer effective and needs to be updated to meet diverse demands of today's society.

In this project, we intend to deconstruct a typical apartment based on a "room" and reconstruct it as a "place." Our focus was on how to incorporate the surrounding environment and envision lifestyles in the new era.

The space should be flexible to respond to changes in family structure and the key is to provide some "margin" allowing for possible changes in the future. An open-floor space provides a sufficient "margin" and furniture can be effectively used to utilize the "margin." In this way, we can propose unique solutions to meet various demands of clients.

By exploring a future house, we acknowledged unmeasurable values of spaces that cannot be evaluated based on conventional standards such as the floor area or the price per unit area. Deconstruction/reconstruction of evaluation criteria is a crucial factor in evolution of houses.