No other home we have featured on Inhabitat better reflects the changing needs of modern couples than the House With an Empty Lot. Squeezed onto a formerly unoccupied lot in the crowded urban neighborhood of Fujisawa, the interior of the tall home expertly conceived by Japanese architects ON Design is split in half to ensure that the occupants - a musician and a surfer - can each have their own separate space.
Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that rises up to the tall ceiling, which features a series of skylights and windows that allow natural light and ventilation to sweep through the home. This reduces the home’s overall electricity consumption.
It is to this central gap that ON Design refers as the “empty lot.” Osamu Nishida told Frame Web that the couple aren’t unhappy; it’s just that they both require a lot of individual space (both physical and mental) so that they can pursue their divergent interests. But when they do want to cozy up, they can meet in a comfortable communal area between the tiny home’s two halves.
Via Frame Web