IO / Osamu Morishita

  • 20 Sep 2012
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Architects: Osamu Morishita
Location: Anjo, Aichi,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 125 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Osamu Morishita

IO is a small house made of wood. I considered how to create the open planning for a young family who prefer intimateness between families and neighbors to privacy. In the traditional Japanese houses people have never felt solitude.

Courtesy of Osamu Morishita

This house has just sliding doors and it also has “Doma” (earth floor) which old Japanese houses had for the entrances and multi-purposes including kitchen, where people communicate one another and work together. Anyone can approach easily from outside with their shoes, and family can handle co-operating work there. No wall but just sliding doors cannot keep families strict privacy but they can feel their own warmness.

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  • Steve

    This house should be somewhere in a nice green environment, then might be cool. Now it’s just freaking absurd even for the good old japanese circumstances.

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  • Patrick Langford

    The site is terrible. The views into your home from all the apartments is a mess. Location, location, location.