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Hovering Space-Like Homes

Nagayama’s Katsutadai is the Answer to Dense Urbanity by Stacking

— February 3, 2014 — Art & Design
In response to the problem of packed and dense urban spaces that the residents of Japan often find themselves caught in between, local Japanese architect and design studio Yuko Nagayama & Associates have constructed building called Katsutadai House in the city of Chiba, Japan. This isn’t just a regular residence though -- it is actually a dual space that features the ground floor for commercial purposes and the top floor for residential purposes.

At the ground level, a pastry shop occupies the space, fitted with an angled glass ceiling that allows natural light to flow into the pastry shop. Behind the shop, the entrance to the residence can be accessed via a side door. there is a physical air partition that separates the two spaces -- home versus shop. The residence occupies the second and third floors.
Trend Themes
1. Stackable Architecture - Nagayama's Katsutadai demonstrates the potential for creating stackable and dual-purpose buildings in response to dense urban spaces.
2. Mixed-use Buildings - The concept of mixed-use buildings that simultaneously accommodate commercial and residential purposes is an emerging trend in urban design.
3. Innovative Use of Space - Creative solutions for making the best use of limited urban space, such as Nagayama's vertical division of commercial and residential areas, are increasingly valuable.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - The architecture and design industry can leverage the concept of stackable, mixed-use buildings in their designs to accommodate growing urban populations.
2. Real Estate - Real estate professionals can capitalize on the trend towards building mixed-use spaces to meet the demand for both commercial and residential properties in densely populated urban areas.
3. Retail and Hospitality - Retail and hospitality businesses can take inspiration from Nagayama's design by incorporating creative spatial solutions that integrate commercial and residential spaces, such as using angled glass to allow natural light into a shop while dividing the space from a residence.
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