Family Style

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Smaller is Smarter
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  Large clerestory windows face the street at the Higashibatas’ house in Tokyo, optimizing both privacy and natural light within.
    Large clerestory windows face the street at the Higashibatas’ house in Tokyo, optimizing both privacy and natural light within.
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  The architects designed the large dining table, which is framed by the open kitchen, the wood-burning stove, and the garden beyond.
    The architects designed the large dining table, which is framed by the open kitchen, the wood-burning stove, and the garden beyond.
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  The entire interior wall opens, extending the house visually and socially into the small garden that lies between the multigenerational family’s two homes. The boys’ favorite feature is the soccer goalpost (which doubles as clothesline).
    The entire interior wall opens, extending the house visually and socially into the small garden that lies between the multigenerational family’s two homes. The boys’ favorite feature is the soccer goalpost (which doubles as clothesline).
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  A detail shot of the Engawa's wood-burning fireplace.
    A detail shot of the Engawa's wood-burning fireplace.
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  The magic wall-disappearing act is accomplished by means of sliding glass panels, which the family tends to leave open almost year-round. Miharu Higashibata says she feels the new home has strengthened the family bond through shared activities like cooking and gardening.
    The magic wall-disappearing act is accomplished by means of sliding glass panels, which the family tends to leave open almost year-round. Miharu Higashibata says she feels the new home has strengthened the family bond through shared activities like cooking and gardening.
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  The pocket wall accordians back to reveal the open dining room.
    The pocket wall accordians back to reveal the open dining room.
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  The sliding pocket wall opens to reveal Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen. The kid's chair is a Tripp Trapp by Stokke.
    The sliding pocket wall opens to reveal Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen. The kid's chair is a Tripp Trapp by Stokke.
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  Hidekazu Higashibata wanted to recreate the same sort of feeling he’d experienced on trips to Italy—a long table, leisurely meals, and lengthy conversations. The boys discovered the home’s “second story” on top of the cabinetry and, armed with a ladder, like to perch there for better views.
    Hidekazu Higashibata wanted to recreate the same sort of feeling he’d experienced on trips to Italy—a long table, leisurely meals, and lengthy conversations. The boys discovered the home’s “second story” on top of the cabinetry and, armed with a ladder, like to perch there for better views.
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  The official “living room” may be the least-frequented locale, since the house and garden combine to create one big, interconnected living space. The whole was conceived as a modern take on the traditional Japanese sheltered veranda, or “engawa.”
    The official “living room” may be the least-frequented locale, since the house and garden combine to create one big, interconnected living space. The whole was conceived as a modern take on the traditional Japanese sheltered veranda, or “engawa.”
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  The architects designed a tall unit of closets and open storage to minimize clutter but also echo traditional Japanese architecture—an open plan with no floor-to-ceiling inner walls.
    The architects designed a tall unit of closets and open storage to minimize clutter but also echo traditional Japanese architecture—an open plan with no floor-to-ceiling inner walls.
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  The boys’ bedroom is compact while providing room for sleep as well as study.
    The boys’ bedroom is compact while providing room for sleep as well as study.
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  Even the bathroom can be exposed to the elements—and often is: “We take a bath with the doors wide open,” says Miharu.
    Even the bathroom can be exposed to the elements—and often is: “We take a bath with the doors wide open,” says Miharu.
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