Privacy is lacking in this Tokyo glass home

Rusty Weston
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
May 15, 2012


A three-story glass home in Tokyo - including split-level balconies without safety rails
- intentionally offers little privacy to its occupants.
Photo: Iwan Baa

In a connected world where privacy is a valued, but diminishing part of daily life, home remains a reliable refuge. But here’s one home that intentionally strips away even that illusion for its inhabitants. In this nearly transparent Tokyo home, known as House NA, outsiders can see everything and everyone inside.

Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood, this three-story, 914 square-foot home was created by an award winning Tokyo architect named Sou Fujimoto. His unusual design, with high glass walls and varying sized modular tables, contains 21 “floor plates” for residents and guests to sit, work, cook, eat, sleep, or play. Some of the floor plates are heated to provide comfort in the winter.

The home features different size plates - almost like perches on a tree.
Photo: Iwan Baan

Surprisingly, Fujimoto’s multi-level home design wasn’t inspired by stacked phone booths but rather by the concept of a tree with perches on both high and low branches. “The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another … “ said Fujimoto, a lecturer at Kyoto University, in a statement explaining House NA.

Privacy is obtained with the use of a curtain.
Photo: Iwan Baan

Though the home is almost entirely transparent, there are curtains that provide some modicum of privacy for occupants. Still, living in a fishbowl might make residents think twice about climbing down to breakfast without first getting dressed.

(Article courtesy of Yahoo! Real Estate)

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