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House with Empty Lot by ONDesign Connects Two Half Homes

 - Jan 10, 2012
References: ondesign.co.jp & dezeen
Here's an interesting living concept created by Japanese architecture firm ONDesign for a house in Fujisawa. This house allows for maximum use of space by connecting two homes together into one; the "half" houses face each other while a shared open space in between provides a common living area.

The shared open space, called Empty Lot, merges the two halves of the house together. It acts as a triple-height living room that features high-level windows to let in natural daylight. The ONDesign architects also painted the area white so that it contrasts against the other two halves, which are made of brown wood.

This innovative design by ONDesign would be advantageous for people who would like to live in a house but prefer their own separate living spaces. As the designers at ONDesign point out, each resident can come out to the Empty Lot when they want to spend time together and head back to their respective halves if they want to be alone.