A Most Unusual View from the Kitchen

A Most Unusual View from the Kitchen

Gregory Han
Mar 23, 2010

Since I grow up in an area where Midcentury homes were a fairly common sight, playing a prominent role in shaping my personal tastes in architecture (we're not sure where our fondness for chateaus sprung forth), it comes to no surprise I have a fondness for atriums. We love the outdoors brought inside, and atriums and skylights are a beautiful way to maximize sunlight into the darker parts of a home.

This narrow residence in Moriyama, Japan designed by Suppose Design Office caught our eyes with its incorporation of a serene and simple atrium dividing the kitchen from the bathroom…a most unusual layout decision considering the disparate activities which occur in each respective room.

It's eye-catching nonetheless, with a long L-shaped atrium which is visible from downstairs and also enjoyable from a second level. It's an amazing feat in maximizing perceived interior space, utilizing skylights and the atrium feature to both divide and unite the interior. But someone get the occupants a sheet of automatic opaque-converting smart glass!

[via Blue Ant Studio]

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