A Clever Light-Filled Home in Hiroshima
A light-filled home by UID Architects in Hiroshima for a family with two children brings bits of sky in from every angle.
Surprisingly compact and impersonal on the outside, this secret home in the heart of an industrial city gives nothing away.
Its very narrow footprint could result in a dark interior. But instead, surprising and beautiful spaces.
Surprisingly, the bath room and the bedroom are at street level, on the ground floor.
Cleverly, privacy is created by vertical venetian blinds that block the sightline down into the rooms within.
You journey up to the public spaces.
Although what you can see outside is boringly industrial, the interior spaces within this secret dwelling are light and exhilarating.
Little obvious attempt is made to really screen out the public world, yet it is removed.
From the moment you enter under this clever broad expanse of white mesh screen, the compact exterior seems to expand and opens out.
Like so many architectural innovations in landlocked Japan, the design truly makes the best of its tiny infill space in the city.