House in Saka by Suppose Design Office
Hiroshima, November 2011
The features of the House in Saka by Suppose Design Office encompass the traditional Japanese elements of a modern culture. Clean and distinct lines that differentiate the variety of spaces within are present along with the integrated elements of nature with man. The program of the building and nature both come together with a stream of light that guides its audience around the house in a natural and subtle way.
Like many traditional Japanese houses, the House in Saka features a windowless fold-like exterior that permits privacy. However, this does not compromise the lighting of the interior. Plenty of windows set at a variety of heights allow natural light to illuminate the interior, blurring the edge between man and nature.
Although the house is relatively small in scale compared to typical American homes, the Suppose Design Office did not neglect the importance of having gardens and terraces as part of the fundamental design. Three gardens and three terraces are featured in the House in Saka, each situated along the three edges and three corners of the triangular house. Located between the gardens and terraces are the main shared components of a typical household: the kitchen, dining room, and living room. The more private areas are located on the second floor, such as the children’s bedroom, the master bedroom, bathroom, and dressing room.
Functioning to soften the distinction between man and nature, the House in Saka successfully articulates the naturalistic lifestyles of Japanese culture. An environment where man and nature can coexist is created, in contrast to that of typical American homes.