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Here we are again, the third time this week, reviewing yet another Japanese Home. A Japanese home that features fluid, organic and sustainable assets aside and uses green walls in an unique manner, all that being realized by the Hideo Humaki Architect Office. The more research we do on Japanese Homes and Architecture, the more we tend to realize that they are raw models for the whole world.
Previously this week we have reviewed House M, Kaga-shi Ishikawa-ken Japan designed by AE5 Partners &Kiritoshi House by Sugawaradaisuke in Chiba Prefecture | Japan . Both being very much a like on the exterior finishings even if they were from different categories, both resembling peace, equilibrium and high efficiency from a functional point of view.
The home today takes a step back from the aesthetics characteristics of the previous homes and two steps forward on originality. Being a Japanese house it definitely has the efficiency that we would expect yet here it`s materialized in another manner. Located in Saitama, Japan and designed by Hideo Kumaki Architect Office , this project will serves as a model for hundreds of buildings thanks to the unique utilization of the green wall .
Hideo Kumaki Architecture Office managed to take the green wall that is usually used on 90 degrees and to give it another angle, with this simple change creating a micro climate between the exterior and the interior.
This green wall serves the building ten times better then a regular one, first of all the temperature on the area covered by the wall is meant to be 10 degree Celsius lower then the exterior, therefore that particular part of the home being managed from hot temperatures.
Second of all, this kind of green wall looks remarkable and leaving his own aesthetics values aside, it manages to keep the facade clean and easy to sustain. It also manages to generate a far more efficient natural ventilation and to protect the interior from curious viewers therefore acting like a barrier between private and public.
The whole design immortalized by Hideo Kumaki Architect Office has different values from the previous homes, while the other design firms have lowered the costs of the project by lowering the materials and the courtyard’s level of detail, this particular home has the whole package. As seen in the aerial view presented bellow the whole design concept is realized by making use of organic shapes and forms, being very hard to find a 90 degree angle. And happily this time the project has been respected, the level and depth of detail being very impressive.
In the interior we have space efficient functional schemes, even if it`s an unique shape. Stark white is used as a general color, here and there the color scheme is taking an unexpected twist and uses bold colors and textured materials.
A new angle and utilization of the green wall has been successfully materialized, this fact helping all of us, giving us a new perspective and new tools in design . The whole design of the project is a statement and it speaks for himself. The only thing that is rather disturbing, from an architectural point of view, are the surroundings. If you look on the aerial view, the home has no connection with the ones around it, we only hope that we are wrong, and this incredible home takes and reintegrates aesthetics values of that area, town and culture or even symbols, because as a shape in plan, it is totally wrong.