Gallery: Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyl...

Tatami mats have been given a modern day upgrade for the house; these traditional Japanese movable benches are found strewn throughout the home and contain a heat absorbing gel pad. The gel pad solidifies at 15 degrees Celsius and slowly liquifies when absorbing heat as the room temperature rises. Leaving these outside at night and bringing them back inside during the day is a novel solution for aiding in cooling the interior without reliance on air-conditioning and provides comfortable seating at the same time.

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