Japanese architecture firm NAF Architect & Design have designed the Charred Cedar House in Hiroshima, Japan. The House stands in such neighborhood, the space free from enormous force or conventional structure method floats in the air as natural as up above brunches of trees. Sand cushion bricks were paved in the entrance hall to make a semi-outside/ semi-inside space in terms of material and nature of space which leads gradually to more private space.
The house consists of three layers of different nature of space. Seen from the street, the first layer is a black box, the second layer void with spindly oblique steel pillars randomly piercing the space and the third layer gable black box floating on top. In the first layer, there is no conventional Japanese entrance to take off shoes but an entrance hall with sand cushion brick-paved floor which leads directly to all the other rooms; main bedroom, tatami room, bathroom and spiral stairs to upper layers. Entrance hall, tatami room and main bedroom are partitioned by sliding doors and when fully opened, the first layer becomes quasi-outside. The third layer is wooden structure, and wood beams and roofboards are all exposed. It is a nest-like enclosed space with picture window on the north and south and tiny round windows.
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano / Nacasa & Partners