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Modern Industrial Japanese Home Redefines Boundaries of Style and Space

Finding the balance between the right style, functionality and smart utilization of space is often the biggest challenge when designing a modern home. Add to this the demands placed by unusually heavy snowfall, and you need a structure that can withstand the rough weather while creating a relaxing, contemporary living environment. Nestled in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan, GO BANG! is a home that does all this and a whole lot more, as this family residence combines an edgy industrial vibe with refined modern aesthetics and a dash of Japanese minimalism.

Landscape around the house and the extreior reflect a subtle industrial vibe Modern Industrial Japanese Home Redefines Boundaries of Style and Space

Designed by Takeru Shoji Architects, the lower level of the house contains a fabulous Japanese-style room, a spare room that can accommodate guests, and a fabulous master bedroom, along with a master bath that exudes an air of tranquility. You can find everything that one normally comes to expect from Japanese design here, as a neutral color scheme, cleverly used shoji screens, organic finishes and lantern-style lighting fill the space with inviting warmth. But what truly sets this home apart is the ‘Doma’ that wraps itself around the living area, creating a wonderfully unique indoor-outdoor interplay.

Japanese styled room and Doma on the lower level of the house

Interior of Go Bang House in Nagaoka, Japan

Bicycles and bikes become a decorative part of interior at the Go Bang! House

Mortared floor Doma around the house

Living, dining and kitchen area on teh top level of the Japanese home

This allows bikes and bicycles to become a part of the interior visual, even while bringing in a flood of natural light and cheerfulness. The top level contains the kitchen, dining area and living space, which overlook the garden below thanks to the use of large glass windows. Walls clad in Larch plywood add another layer of intrigue to this ingenious Japanese residence where different styles and spaces amalgamate effortlessly! [Photography: Isamu Murai]

Large windows bring in natural light into the top level of the house

View of the garden area from the first level of the Japanese house

Simple and minimal kitchen design inside the Japanese home

The core is surrounded with the mortared floor, which is traditionally called “Doma” in Japan, so that the Doma takes an important role for the circulation and extension of their activity. Filling the Doma up with a motorbike, bicycles, pieces of furniture and various charming goods, and making good use of clues on both walls penetrating inside and outside and the exterior space under the eaves around the house…

Cozy, modern interior of the Japanese home with wooden flooring

Dark, metallic exterior of the house in Nagaoka

Floor plan of the two levels at the modern industrial Japanese House

Sectional view of the private home in Nagaoka, Japan

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