Friday, October 12, 2012

Atelier - Bisque Doll

This house + atelier, located in Osaka, just blew me away when I first saw it in a magazine.  It was finished at the end of 2009 by UID architects in Hiroshima, Japan.  The owner requested for an home + artist studio for doll making / display gallery.  The gallery also need to accommodate sizable number of friend gatherings.  The architects went to work and decided to have the public space facing the main street while locating the private space in the back.  They decided to use glass to blur the boundary between garden and interior of the house.  Instead of  enclosing the exterior with a typical wall from ground up, UID architects decided to let the neighbors gardens "join"owner's own garden visually by cantilevering and minimizing exterior wall.  The effect was brilliant.  Inside of the house blends with outside garden which blends with neighbor's garden.

Visually speaking, the house just looks light, airy, clean, and simple.  I love the humorous "half front door".  Given the Japanese culture, you are not likely to see people doing conga line into the garden.  Although I would have to say if I'm in Osaka, there is no guarantee that I won't be ducking that wall into this brilliantly designed house!  LOL.

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