Want a Home with Natural Light? Try Translucent Walls – or Perhaps No Walls at All

Househappy —  December 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

A property with a lot of natural light is definitely a plus for homebuyers, which is why homes with large windows are so popular. But when you live in a city with neighbors on all sides, how do you reap the benefits of the suns rays without sacrificing privacy?

The architects at Suppose Design Office in Hiroshima, Japan created a solution to this problem by designing a home with translucent walls. The rest of the structure is made up of an I-beam frame, concrete ceilings, and timber floors, to create an open, industrial feel.

On the other hand, if privacy is not a concern, you could always go the route of no walls at all. House NA in Tokyo, Japan was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects to generate the feel of living in a tree, and offers plenty of natural light through walls made entirely of clear glass.

“The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity,” Fujimoto said. “To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living.”

Sources: Gizmodo & Architecture Art Designs

Photos: Toshiyuki Yano via Suppose Design Office & Iwan Baan via Sou Fujimoto Architects 



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