Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chiisai #2: On/Off

You're in your office.

It's 11 pm.
You're tired.
You just want to go home.

You know, relax, read some books, eat dinner, catch some Z's.

In the design that undergoes the literal take of "take-home office", you just have to...

Yuko Shibata Office

Like this office into...

...a spacious dining room!

Or this cute bookshelf...

...that you can push back...

...and work inside....
...this awesome library, which can be...
...closed, and turned into...
...THIS ever-comfortable bedroom.

This will be listed into the "Chiisai" series - the one I'll dedicate to Japanese minimalism and "kawaii" spaces XD

You know you can never take the Japanese lightly for their sense of space, but this I have to cheer on~

From the designer:

It was the owner’ s intent that the floor plan could be changed to completely separate the living and office sections.

This request was rendered impossible, due to the original structure being of box frame type reinforced concrete construction, with almost all walls acting as supporting building frames. The addition of two bookshelves, each with a large door, allowed us to create a space with the ability to adapt from home to office or from office to home, while leaving the original floor plan intact. 

The first bookshelf was added to the meeting room. By moving the large door, the meeting space can be divided in two. The space on the side of the bookshelf becomes a library. The large door also includes an opening in order to allow it to pass over the dining table. In this way, the table is shared between the library and meeting spaces.

The second addition was in the bed room.The opening in the bookshelf creates a passage making it possible to approach the shelf from the office, without passing through the bedroom. When the door is opened, it creates a partition between the the bedroom and study, and also has the effect of changing the space to a library.

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