THIS IS IMPROVISING AT ITS FINEST
Architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife had to move to Tokyo for Takeshi’s job as a university professor. Now, looking for housing in Tokyo is quite a challenge. So when Takeshi and his wife found a small plot for their new home, they knew it was an opportunity they needed to take.
And the Love2 House was born. With a total floor space of only 205 square feet, the house’s interior actually feels a lot more spacious than you would think. The key feature that contributes to the illusion of wide open space is the high funnel-shaped roof.
The funnel roof has a practical function, as it has skylights that funnel sunlight into the home through the different months where sunlight on the specific area becomes scarce.
Another key influence came from Scandinavia, as Love2 House’s design needed to respond to the fact the building would not receive any direct sunlight for three months during winter.
“This concept led me to draw the sketch of two curved roofs which are open to the sky,” said Hosaka.
“In the winter, the two skylights effectively bring soft sunlight into the house and in the summer the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like in a tropical country.”
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