Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan

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December 7, 2009
Originally published in The Future
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Tightly Knit
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  The black facade of the Yatabes’ house may turn a darkly futuristic face to its suburban block, but behind it the house is full of light. In Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, the black metal screen affords the family privacy without sacrificing outdoor space.
    The black facade of the Yatabes’ house may turn a darkly futuristic face to its suburban block, but behind it the house is full of light. In Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, the black metal screen affords the family privacy without sacrificing outdoor space.
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  Local stonemasonry, displayed across the street from the house.
    Local stonemasonry, displayed across the street from the house.
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  Slotted between the street-side enclosure and the living area is a breezy second-floor terrace. Brise soleil slats shade the interior. Yatabe’s steel fabrication company created the robust, trusslike armature that extends from the house to support the deck and facade.
    Slotted between the street-side enclosure and the living area is a breezy second-floor terrace. Brise soleil slats shade the interior. Yatabe’s steel fabrication company created the robust, trusslike armature that extends from the house to support the deck and facade.
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  Green tea and a sweet for a guest.
    Green tea and a sweet for a guest.
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  Plants thrive on the sheltered terrace.
    Plants thrive on the sheltered terrace.
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  The family’s two cats, Baron and Jula.
    The family’s two cats, Baron and Jula.
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  Called the “LDK,” for living, dining, and kitchen, the space is flexible—a blend of Western loft life and traditional Japanese homes, where rooms are multipurpose.
    Called the “LDK,” for living, dining, and kitchen, the space is flexible—a blend of Western loft life and traditional Japanese homes, where rooms are multipurpose.
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  The family's hub is a high-ceilinged main room on the second level. It's open and casual and gets lovely morning light.
    The family's hub is a high-ceilinged main room on the second level. It's open and casual and gets lovely morning light.
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  A pint-size "work-station" for the boys on the third floor overlooks the garden.
    A pint-size "work-station" for the boys on the third floor overlooks the garden.
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  White prefabricated cabinets and countertops make for a streamlined kitchen.
    White prefabricated cabinets and countertops make for a streamlined kitchen.
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  The house offers endless opportunities for Taiga and Kouga to play.
    The house offers endless opportunities for Taiga and Kouga to play.
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  The open-tread stair leading from the garage to the second-floor living room sets the stage for a Star Wars–style duel.
    The open-tread stair leading from the garage to the second-floor living room sets the stage for a Star Wars–style duel.
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  Neatly ordered desktop ephemera.
    Neatly ordered desktop ephemera.
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  “Everyone stops to look at the building,” says Motoshi. Neighbors may stare at the severe facade, but once inside they are amazed with the quality and comfort of his home. Its efficient design comes from IDEA Office’s clever rethink of local zoning regulations and required setbacks.
    “Everyone stops to look at the building,” says Motoshi. Neighbors may stare at the severe facade, but once inside they are amazed with the quality and comfort of his home. Its efficient design comes from IDEA Office’s clever rethink of local zoning regulations and required setbacks.
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