Architect Julius Taminiau is jumping on the practical living trend with exceptional Japanese-inspired space-conserving layouts. Borrowing from the principle of traditional tatami rooms, the Taminiau builds an affordable and minimalist floating residence for himself, his girlfriend and their two children.
To achieve a harmonious, yet practical living interior, the architect is informed by Japanese tatami mats, "which have standardized dimensions and are typically used to create modular room layouts." In addition, Julius Taminiau utilizes principles of good design to create a space where the furniture is stylish but compact, with multiple smart storage options.
The floating home — which consists of two floors, one of which is partially below water level, is a great example of how practical living concepts and modern design can coincide.