Light Grain, opposites attract

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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.

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light grain-arquitectura-architecture-Yoshiaki Yamashita-eiji tomita-more-with-less (04)light grain-arquitectura-architecture-Yoshiaki Yamashita-eiji tomita-more-with-less (05)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.

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Light Grain is a family home that is as practical as it is beautiful

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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.

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Photography is by Eiji Tomita

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