This open air home designed by Japanese architecture firm KINO Architects isn't just about what's built up, but it's as much about the negative space. The Airhole House boasts roadways to the south and east, a field to the west and a house to the north, and is itself occupied by a family of four - a typical urban house plan by most accounts. What really stands out is the unusual architecture that incorporates a massive void as its main feature - an east-west facing air hole on the main floor, and a north-south facing hole on the upper level, capturing views in every direction. This terrace-style outdoor living room offers all the comforts of a traditional room, but with natural light and fresh air flooding the space, and serves to passively cool the house during the hot months and warm it up in winter. Check out more modern Japanese house designs by visiting KINO Architects.
via Arch Daily
photo credit: Daici Ano
Posted on February 2, 2012 10:30 PM