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* Residential Architecture: Residence in Kurakuen by NRM Architects Office

Posted by the editors on Monday, 11 June 2012

Residential Architecture: Residence in Kurakuen by NRM Architects Office: “..a 2-storey work-and-live house..the unusual site, which is inclined, sandwiched between a 5 meter fall to the east, a waterway to the south, and a 3 meter-high climb to the northwest, became the main driver in the designing process. the dwelling aims to navigate these conditions in a graceful and organic manner..to either side are two independent entrance ways into the house. the western entrance is a long narrow staircase leading up to the first floor office area; the eastern entrance, a much more traditional double-door setup, opens up to a spinal hallway which connects the bedrooms to an indoor staircase leading up to the living, dining, and kitchen space..the natural daylight and unbroken sight lines provided by the second level. largely laid out in an open concept, the living/dining and kitchen space is flanked with floor to ceiling glazing, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding wooded environment. a wide patio space features a small shallow pool which wraps around the corner behind the living area. the shadow play resulting from the perforated steel staircase above the water becomes a dynamic background to the interior..”  Extensive glazing, natural light and views, significant balcony with small outdoor swimming pool; dark wood interior elements, graphic sensibility..

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image: eiji tomita, courtesy NRM architects; article: Designboom

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