Traditional Japanese houses are characterized open, flexible spaces under a pitched roof. For a family in Tsujido, Japan, Tokyo-based Naoi Architecture & Design embraced this tradition while mixing in modern touches.
According to the architects, their clients also demanded a strong connection to nature, as they enjoyed gardening and eating meals outside. As the home was built on an uneven plot, architects made the kitchen and dining areas recessed into the ground, providing occupants with a perfect eye-level view of the garden just outside.
Like traditional Japanese homes, the spaces on the ground floor flow together, where the kitchen and dining, living room, and utility areas, are open yet remain separate and distinct. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a balcony.
Another key traditional element added was the pitched roof, which incorporates exposed steel roof trusses that add to the home’s airy feel.