One-Room Home by Sou Fujimoto Architects

When we think of a family of four living in one room we think of turn-of-the-century tenements on New York's Lower East Side, not a fab, modern Japanese home. Okay, 'one-room' is a bit of a misnomer here, but we're still intrigued by the unique layout of doorless rooms with entries of varying widths radiating out from a center like bent petals of a flower.

The home was built in 2005 in a Japanese suburb by Sou Fujimoto Architects. We think the layout and lack of doors is inviting, but is it practical? Especially with children? (More importantly, is there really not a door on the bathroom?)

Having spent the past three years living in a long railroad-style apartment with a young child we can say with certainty that we miss having doors. We'd love to close a door to the room our son sleeps in so we wouldn't have to tiptoe around as much. We'd love to close the door to a messy room when guests are over. And some days we'd just love to close a door, any door, with ourselves inside to get a few minutes of privacy.

What about you - do you like this design? Do you live in a loft or other doorless space?

(Via Trendir; photos by Daici Ano & Sou Fujimoto)