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Gray, White and Wood Create Space-Savvy Modern Japanese Home with Private Decks

Creating a relaxing and ‘open’ modern home in an urban setting is a challenging task. It requires one to balance a sense of openness with adequate privacy and the right approach to creating sheltered outdoor areas. This can be real tricky in a busy neighborhood where space is limited and you find other residences no matter where you turn. It is in such congested city landscape that one finds House-I, conjured and created by N.A.O to meet the specific demands of the site owners. The house has been completely closed off to its immediate surroundings on the lower level with a protected, private deck on the upper level offering an outdoor escape.

Contemporary and space-savvy House-I designed by N.A.O in Japan
Contemporary and space-savvy House-I designed by N.A.O in Japan

The house feels modern and polished on the outside with gray, metallic exterior that leads to interiors that are minimal, contemporary and draped in neutral hues. The use of large glass walls or sliding glass doors to connect the interior with the world outside is non-existent here with all the windows opening only into the protected courtyard or the cozy deck on the first floor. A double-height entrance leads to the living area and kitchen on the lower level with the bedrooms being neatly tucked away above.

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Light-filled living area and dining room of the home in white, gray and wood
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Modern kitchen and dining area with sliding glass doors
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Spacious double-height entrance and interior of the modern Japanese home
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Utilizing the space under the staircase
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View of the entrance and the living area from the upper level
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Wooden floor delineates the living room and dining area from other spaces of the house

Gray and white transition between different areas of the house as one moves from each room to the small decks and courtyard. Decor is largely modern with a sense of spaciousness taking over in the public areas. [Photography: Shinichi Hanaoka]

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Central courtyard of the Japanese home promises complete privacy
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common and private deck is accessible from different bedrooms of the house
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Innovative design of house I sets it apart from others in the neighborhood
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Multi-level home in Japan that combines privacy with a spacious, well-lit interior
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Sheltered private deck of the home connected to the bedroom with high walls all around
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Well-lit and stylish gray upper level deck of the Japanese home

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