Angular Enhancements To Ana House

Methodical and practical zones are always preferred by designers and architecture professionals, where the mighty grid is centuries-old in it's reliability and dependability. Freedom in flexing this grid creation is equally encouraged, and from a rigid pattern comes creative shapes that are anchored back to the integral crossing over of lines upon said grid. What if we tore up all rule books and had total creativity?

The Ana House by Kochi architects studio is a peculiar sort and this home layout features spatial separation by asymmetric plywood planes and the complementation of each resultant shape by vibrant pastel colours. With a family of four living in such an externally-modest home, the suburban Tokyo (Japan) home is compact yet expansive in size, free yet considered in design.

Offering a patchwork of rooms across two storeys in which each space has angular cutouts and bold lines to accentuate sightlines, the overall result is an illusion of there being much bigger spaces. Inhibiting seven colours in total, the home is graphic too. Reminiscent more of art than to architecture, the creative design maximises what was originally otherwise a standard Japanese home. The dining area takes centre stage in the home to foster a communal way of life, much like most of Japan, and via the various sight lines and angles, there is often always a visual connection to anywhere in the house.

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Photography credit : Kochi

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