Japan-based Suppose Design Office built this brilliant family home that allows residents to be as close to nature as possible. Surrounded by a tranquil rural environment, the Hiroshima Hut features sunken rooms and see-through skin under its distinctive flat roof. Its unique transparency not only allows plenty of natural light to flood in, but also lets inhabitants to observe and interact with local wildlife.
Measuring 260-square-foot, this humble Japanese home features transparent walls and partitions. While the external walls are made from acrylic rather than glass — for its high thermal insulation properties — the curved interior partitions are metal mesh. This unique see-through quality not only welcomes plenty of daylight, but also allows inhabitants to see all around them, and also to be seen.
In response to its see-through design, the architects had to slightly raise the property on a gravel hill, to sink some of the rooms for privacy. This resulted in a partially submerged bathroom and kitchen with plenty of storage tucked away beneath the floor and a blurred line between furniture and the floor that is typically Japanese, but with a modern twist.
Thanks to this home’s wonderful design, it is “possible for a deer to stare at the residents preparing meals,” affirmed the architects.
Photos by Toshiyuki Yano