Open-Box Home With Curved Partitions Mimics Natural Shapes



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In Hiroshi Kuno‘s design Brother’s House, he wanted to emulate nature in a way. Nature simply exists without pretense, without an expectation of what you will do on or with a particular place.

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So it is with Brother’s House, a simple two-story home with curved partitions separating the interior volumes. From the outside, it looks like a white cube with two transparent sides.

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Although two stories high, the home’s volume is undivided by a central floor/ceiling, creating a light-filled space that is unhindered by the expected chambers and divisions.

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Likewise, the two curving interior partitions do not prescribe a specific program for each section of the home. The spaces can change functionality as needed throughout the day.

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Single bare light bulbs enhance the feeling of austerity and the absence of pre-programmed functions. Voluminous fabric shades allow for the windows to be covered, protecting the residents’ privacy.

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The sweeping white partitions, light timber, and enormous windows create an even greater sense of space and connect the residents to their gorgeous natural surroundings.

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