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A Small Wooden House in Hayama with an Acrylic Gridded ‘Curtain’

05.21.20 | By
A Small Wooden House in Hayama with an Acrylic Gridded ‘Curtain’

Working in collaboration with ENJOYWORKS, ERI SUMITOMO ARCHITECTS designed a small wooden House in Hayama, Japan in an area surrounded by rich greenery. The minimalist facade clad in vertical wood boards disguises an intriguing interior that features a curved ‘curtain’ made of acrylic panels and hemlock grids that add a slight division between the public and private spaces.

The main floor incorporates a partial double-height ceiling with the curtain above that crosses the interior north to south with a tilt towards the ceiling. Several windows were cut out of the curtain allowing connection to the floor below while still providing privacy with the translucent panels.

During the day, the panels appear white but at night light passes through making the entire house feel like a lantern.

Photos by Takashi Okamoto.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.