Thirteen Floors Of The Miyamoto Platform House

How far do we go until we say that an architect's design is, well, 'too interesting'. This home can be found in a modest district of Osaka (Japan), and designed by Tato Architects, features a single large room that has been remodelled into serving various functions in various spaces via these curiously angular juxtapositioning platforms, all connected via a long line of randomly-placed short steps.

The team at SATORI & SCOUT cannot work out if this home is wonderfully creative, or a step too far (pun intended, of course). Whats your thoughts? Designed for a family of three (let's hope the third is taught not to fall off the edges), Tato explains "...the client requested that the members of the family can feel close to each other regardless of where they are in the house. Private rooms were not needed because they feel that it is lonely to withdraw into one's own space, and storage space was also unnecessary because they did not want to tuck things away." Fair enough.

Dimensionally no taller than a standard two storey house, the architects have managed to fit in a total of thirteen layers to the home's strata, each seventy centimetres higher than the platform below, and in having this consistent height, allows the platform above to become a shelf for the platform beneath - neat idea. Beginning at the bottom and working upwards, the home is arranged functionally: from storage, living area and work, up to dining space, sleeping area and a roof terrace. Located in a densely populated area of Osaka, the architects may actually be forgiven in designing such a crazily laid out home, almost becoming sensible amongst the plethora of mundane compact homes and tall apartment blocks. Discover more about the architect's project online at: Tat-O.com 

Photography credit : Shinkenchiku Sha

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