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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.