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Aisaka Architects Atelier, Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

The house with a folding floor

(photo by mitsuo matsuoka) 
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Aisaka Architects Atelier cleverly rethink how the home can be used for the future 

The house by Aisaka Architects is located in the suburbs of Fujisawa (Kanagawa), and was designed for a young couple. It has a total built up area of 137.6 sqm and an additional 10sqm achieved by the folding floor panels.

The house is designed to achieve maximum utilisation of available space by creatively using the most advance technology to cater to the changing needs of the family unit. The functionality of the space varies with time and age of its user. For example, the requirement of the children's room changes as the children grow up. So, flexibility and variation of space are important to avoid our lives being determined by the rigid mold of the space we inhabit.

An important feature of this house is the electrically operated folding floor above the living room. With a touch of the button the floor slabs fold and thereby double the volume of the living space. The folded slabs serve as barrier for the corridor above the living room and visually connect the upper floor with living room. When the family has guests at home, the floor slab can be closed to achieve additional room space above the living room. In other words, the folding floor maximizes the floor-area ratio.

Additionally, the courtyard between the garage and living room can also be used as additional parking space for guests. Le Corbusier, one of the masters of modern architecture once said, "A house is a machine for living in." The firm believe that houses must become better equipped machines responding to the changing needs of our lives.

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