This single-family home in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture is located near two railway lines. For that reason, the design seeks to maintain an open, spacious atmosphere while also blocking out noise
Reducing noise in the open-plan living-dining-kitchen area was most important, so that area is encircled by the bathrooms, storage areas, and bedrooms. The bedrooms alternate with inner terraces that function as marginal spaces in relation to the bedrooms and main living area, expanding the possible uses of these rooms and bringing light and a feeling of openness into the main living area through their glass doors, which can be opened and closed. Furthermore, the two layers of walls surrounding the living-dining-kitchen area improve insulation and help maintain a comfortable thermal environment while also blocking noise.
By focusing on the concept of enclosure, we were able to solve the noise problem while also enabling family members to sense one another’s presence from the central living area. The result is a multifaceted space that is both open and comfortable.