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This is one of those beautifully simple concepts that actually translates into a working building section, all via one critical move: the folding of a conceptually-flat steel element wrapping around and into the home.

In the front, the steel membrane lifts off from the ground to create a porch and transparent entry zone, before traveling up and over to enclose the top and back, then bending back in to form a privacy barrier for the innermost areas.

Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki (images by Shinji Miyamoto), a series of perforations in this bent plane are strategic in nature, allowing light and people to pass through as needed.

The result is a cozy core zone in the back, with a sense of enclosure reinforced by the knowledge of the concept at work – impossible to miss from the outside, communicated in the clear contrast of metal and wood.