The E House Encompasses Both Shadow and Light

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Jun 2, 2014
References: hannatarchitects & dezeen
Tokyo studio Hannat Architects have designed the 'E House,' a single-family home located in the Miyagi countryside of Japan. The home is surrounded by mountainous landscape on three sides, with the southern facade opening out towards a wide expanse of rice fields.

The architects designed the home to optimize for light and darkness. For instance, some parts of the home naturally fill with sunlight, while other parts are shrouded in shadow. Explaining the decision, studio co-founder Risa Tsutsumi says, "Uniformly bright space is not always appealing. Light and shadow always coexist in traditional Japanese culture, where darkness accentuates lightness and refined culture appreciates the existence of darkness."

An angular corridor is located in the center of the home, around which the rooms are arranged. The interior is comprised of three separate spaces which accommodate an open-space living room, master bedroom and children's rooms.