Although natural light, ventilation and privacy may seem to be opposite terms, sometimes circumstances oblige architects to come up with inventive solutions that bring these terms together. Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates designed Light Grain – a house for a young couple and their son- and managed to achieve a well-balanced incorporation of natural light and ventilation with the need for privacy.
Located in the Japanese city of Osaka where privacy is of the utmost importance due to the dense nature of the residential areas, Light Grain is a three storey residence featuring a mesh metal grate that breaks occasionally an otherwise clean and opaque façade. Punctured with hundreds of circular openings that diffuse daylight throughout the building, the steel screen covers a part of the upper level of the timber structure.
A small sun-soaked enclosed garden at the rear of the property brings the outdoors into the privacy of the home’s walls. This courtyard borders a ground floor bedroom and adjoins a traditional Japanese room completed with tatami mats. A staircase leads to the home’s main living quarters above, where the kitchen is joined by a spacious dining room flanked by two secluded terraces. The uppermost level of Light Grain contains the sleeping quarters and features a bonus outdoor space: a fully external balcony elevated above the surrounding neighbourhood.
Light Grain is a family home that is as practical as it is beautiful
Light, and privacy are not inevitably at odds with one another and Light Grain is a good example. Function can be combined with aesthetics as Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates have done in this family home.
Photography is by Eiji Tomita