Tokyo – After the Second World War, Japanese homes shifted from the local-style layout to its Western-style counterpart – namely, chairs were used when dining and a separate room replaced the tatami for sleeping. As the idea proved groundbreaking and visibly popular, the DK (Dining & Kitchen) type and LDK (Living, Dining & Kitchen) houses were then mass produced in the country
But lifestyles have shifted yet again, and dwellings are shifting with them: as more people work from home and others see the kitchen as a social space, some architectural firms are responding to these new demands by reimagining the possibilities of the DK and the LDK – and even acknowledging the wisdom of the multipurpose rooms of the past. One of them is Office Shogo Onodera, with the House of Wind and Light.
The 69 sq-m apartment went from a three-bedroom unit to a large open-plan dwelling. The team removed every partition to let light and wind pass through – hence the project’s moniker. After figuring out how to locate private spaces such as the bathroom and the bedroom, the firm was left with the question of how to provide much-needed storage in a space meant to be used in a transparent manner. Their solution was to provide a large closet that spans the entire width of the large floor area.
Having a clear contrast between the new and the old, the subtle beauty of the new parts stand out vividly and create a sense of tension peculiar to the act of renovation