Andrew Michler

Room Room: Window-Studded Tokyo Mini Home Facilitates Communication for Deaf Family Members

by , 10/08/11

Takeshi Hosaka Architects, tiny house, contemporary Japanese home design,Japanese home addition, Japan eco design, skylights, building design for deaf, pixelated, green design, mini house, Japan green house, Tokyo green house, eco home, eco home design, green addition,

The genius of the design is best expressed in the layout of square openings throughout the floors of the house. These openings are a logical extension of the windows to the interior aesthetically, but they also serve the vital function of enhancing communication. The children can call each other throughout the home, and their deaf parents can communicate via sign language between the floors. By connecting the small home for spontaneous communication, the design strengthens the family’s relationship in what would otherwise be a typical small living space.

Potted plants, poking through some of the squares in the floor, add even more flavor to the space while softening it a bit. The exceptional home takes a simple design element and utilizes it for multiple functions to create a highly livable and playful environment.

+ Takeshi Hosaka Architects

Via Contemporist

Photos © KOJI FUJII / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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