In this third article on small japanese house design, we are covering a very special design: one that is made from concrete. Not only is the material special but the slant of the house as well as the fact that half of the house is underground, make this a very challenging house to design for.
small concrete house
small concrete house design
From the image above, it is easy to see that the shape of the house and the use of concrete makes this a rather unique challenge. Another challenge is that there is only one area where natural light can sip in. Without careful design, the entire house might not be without sufficient natural light to open up the space.
small concrete house living room design
small concrete house living room
Within the house, the designer has knocked down all the walls so that the singular light source can shine through the entire house. The second image of the living room shows you how powerful the design really is as a single light source is made to travel as far and wide as possible.The stairs at the side leads to the bedroom and reveals a very clever piece of design thinking.
small concrete house bedroom
One of the most brilliant piece of design is to make use of the fact that the natural light cannot reach certain parts of the house. One such area is the top area where the designer can convert into a bedroom. In such case, not having too much light is a bonus when owners want to sleep in late, rather than be awoken by the morning light.
small concrete house home entertainment
Another area where light cannot reach is the entertainment area. The designer has cleverly created a pub effect with the placement of a pool table. The lack of natural light also makes this place an ideal location for the projection of movies.
- Identify the weakness of the home (in this case, it is the lack of openings and natural light) and design your house around it
- Turn the weakness of the home into useful areas (i.e. places with no light turn into bedroom and home entertainment)
- Knock down as much barriers as possible when there is a lack of natural light in the home