This wood-frame single-family home for a couple and their three daughters is located in the Nakagawa district of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. One of the clients’ main requests was that they be able to adjust the divisions between rooms as their family changed over time. To meet this request, we came up with a design that consists of two open spaces layered on top of each other. Each of these large rooms has a grid of beams but no posts, so that flooring can be laid or removed and room partitions added or taken down as desired, allowing the family to easily change the layout in the future. (Even the current walls that reach the ceiling are built like partitions, without posts.)
When the family first moved in, their daughters were young, so solid walls were not necessary; they instead divided spaces using curtains fixed to rails embedded in the beams (the beam design allows the rails to be moved to other locations in the future). As a result, soft light filled the entire structure, and the open, one-room spaces allowed family members to sense one another’s presence wherever they were. This, however, is only the first stage in the life of the house. We look forward to seeing how it evolves together with the family in the future.