Glowing Box Home in Japan

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July 24, 2013
Originally published in Designers at Home
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Pushing the Envelope
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  A glowing home in Japan has milky-white, one-and-a-half-inch plastic sheets wrapped around the exterior to let in light and provide insulation. 
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  Throughout the house, "Walls become windows and windows become walls," explains architect Makoto Tanijiri of the luminescent home he designed outside of Hiroshima with his firm Suppose Design Office.
    Throughout the house, "Walls become windows and windows become walls," explains architect Makoto Tanijiri of the luminescent home he designed outside of Hiroshima with his firm Suppose Design Office.
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  The owners, who are a couple with three children, requested a bright home with a gentle, pervasive light that is far from cold.
    The owners, who are a couple with three children, requested a bright home with a gentle, pervasive light that is far from cold.
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  Thanks to its translucent envelope of polycarbonate plastic, the house glows like a firefly at night and is so bright during the day that resident Daisuke Tokuyama says he rarely turns on a light.
    Thanks to its translucent envelope of polycarbonate plastic, the house glows like a firefly at night and is so bright during the day that resident Daisuke Tokuyama says he rarely turns on a light.
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  The milky-white, one-and-a-half-inch thick polycarbonate plastic panels keep its inhabitants from being seen from the outside (unless they stand right up against the wall). From inside, urban surroundings become a pleasantly blurry backdrop.
    The milky-white, one-and-a-half-inch thick polycarbonate plastic panels keep its inhabitants from being seen from the outside (unless they stand right up against the wall). From inside, urban surroundings become a pleasantly blurry backdrop.
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