Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects the dark exterior of the house has a distinct contemporary vibe and yet allows it to disappear into the densely forested backdrop as the day wears on.
Modern suburban homes are often characterized by a distinct lack of space both on the inside and outside. With space being an absolute premium the idea of an expansive family home surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape is a hard one to achieve even if one manages to muster up the necessary economic resources.
A central touchscreen in the living area is the hub of this ‘smart’ automation system which can also be operated from your smartphone or laptop over a LAN network. Add to this a clever waste recovery system solar panels that provide clean energy and passive heating and cooling techniques that cut power consumption drastically and you have a sustainable and ‘connected’ residence that would delight both the eco-conscious and the tech-savvy!
estled in Niigata Japan is a home that does all this and a whole lot more as this family residence combines an edgy industrial vibe with refined modern aesthetics and a dash of Japanese minimalism.
Adaptive reuse of old structures and modern renovation of tired and dreary old homes are not only cost-effective options that reduce housing costs they also help the planet by maximizing resources and reducing waste.
Add to this the distinct presence of wide cedar board siding that is literally ‘stapled on’ using custom stainless steel clips and you have a home that does everything it can to ensure that the open living area is detached from the constant hustle and bustle outdoors.
The result is something that captivates you instantly with a series of thick parallel concrete walls creating a smart and stylish family home where privacy is coupled with an air of peacefulness. The series of walls grow progressively taller as they move outward with those forming the peripheral keeping out almost all the outside noise.