Three generations of a family live together under one big roof while maintaining privacy within individual house-shaped units in an arrangement resembling a miniature village. At Rain Shelter House by Y+M, each of the five family members gets their own ‘block’, with access to the central communal living space and the two blocks containing the bathroom, kitchen and dining area.
The roof extends from the peak of the tallest two-story block all the way to the ground on two sides, open to the air on the remaining ends. Under-floor heating keeps the courtyard warm, while a fan with a thermal sensor cools it off in summer. Narrow strips of glazing built into the corrugated roof act as skylights, letting daylight stream into the communal area.
The archetypal house shape makes each individual space feel cozy and welcoming, yet separate from the private spaces of the other family members. Operable openings on the top floors and large windows on the bottom provide a sense of connection to the rest of the household and enhance the feeling of each unit being its own little home.