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PREFAB FRIDAY: Riken Yamamoto’s Ecoms House
Riken Yamamoto‘s Ecoms House exemplifies a new kind of home economics. Constructed out of aluminum panels, this diminutive 24-foot by 24-foot box demonstrates how economy in size and fabrication can lead to surplus in style and coolness. A prototype residence for SUS Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum precision machine parts and furniture, this home was initially an experiment to create something out of aluminum that could not be expressed with steel. The exterior is inspired by the traditional use of tatami mats in Japanese homes — each of the four sides featuring transparent, opaque, and glass-covered aluminum lattice panels.
The prototype is located in the Saga Prefacture at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago. Perfect for either commercial or residential use, it offers two bedrooms, a bathroom, and storage on one floor and a kitchen, dining, and work space on the other. Flexible configuration allows for the work-live and private spaces to be interchangeable, depending upon the inhabitant’s needs and preferences.
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