It being Fall Colors month here on AT we've seen a multitude of homes painted with wonderful, rich colors. But sometimes we need a little break from all the color. Not only can a home successfully blend interior and exterior spaces, House N inverts its use of color — allowing the house to be an aperture where the existing colors of the surrounding neighborhood are enhanced and showcased...
Designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, House N is located in Oita, Japan and organized as a series of 3 nested shells. The largest shell contains an exterior courtyard, the second defines the interior space of the home, and the third and smallest shell contains living and dining room spaces. The overall effect is a blurring of interior and exterior space and color.
This blending of public and private space allows the stark white home to frame and intensify its surrounding colors by creating abstract views through the shells. Interestingly enough, it also works from the outside-in as seen in the drawing below.
We love using color in our apartment to create depth and interest but we are in awe of the designer's restraint, allowing the context of the home to provide the richness of color that is decidedly absent from the house. It makes the structure which might seem foreign intimately connected to its site.
What do you think? Could this color concept be applied to existing homes and apartments? Should those lucky enough to have interesting views from their windows do less to the interior and allow the exterior to come in and be enhanced?