In dense urban settings – such as packed Japanese cities – getting a to a patch of sunlight and bit of greenery can be a great relief but a difficult prospect at times. This interior design by Suppose brings the best of simple modern minimalism together with a light and spacious atmosphere and plenty of plant-life climbing all the way up and down the inside walls.
There is an otherworldly quality to these spaces that seem to shift impossibly between indoor and outdoor, all within the confines of these entirely interior rock-filled and tree-planted areas – almost how one might imagine a greenhouse within a space ship, designed to keep the passengers healthy, happy and sane.
Deep within the structure are the functional kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and other core programmatic spaces. Still, even these are planned in such a way that views into, through and back out of them always seem to include elements of nature from greenery to daylight.
The outside and entry floor are as simple, modern and minimal as can be – corrugated white exterior siding and a basic concrete staircase lead into a well-lit, stark white foyer with only a few plants to hit at the lush layers of green life to be found on each of the below-grade floors to follow from this first impression.
“This Nagoya home features rooms designed for plants. This home is built on a small, narrow plot surrounded by other houses, making the location less than ideal. Responding to the client’s desire to have a vibrant garden we suggested a design featuring a room for plants, a “garden room” in other words. Essentially, in this home the garden, which usually exists in the so-called exterior, is incorporated into the interior as landscaping to surround the tenant’s living space. It was our intention to treat rooms and gardens as equivalent, and make the relationship between inside and out closer, by creating a design featuring this garden-like room so that things normally decorating a room such as art, books, and furnishings would in a way almost be thrust into an exterior space. Rather than a design that begins to grow stale as soon as it is completed, through this design featuring the constantly changing and vibrant “garden room” we hope that the tenants daily lives will be richer than before. Using this design as a starting point, we hope that words such as garden and landscape that had only been used for exteriors can begin to take on new and varied meanings, bringing vibrant and beautiful scenery into the interior of homes as well, and make architectural aesthetics more and more diverse.”