Japanese architect, Ryue Nishizawa, came up with a new definition of private and community living. The Moriyama House is a flexible-format of minimalist steel prefab house for Yasuo Moriyama, a perfect example where the home is designed like a community while connecting the inside and outside.
Located in the suburbs of Tokyo, This modern architectural concept presents a multi-building residence with ten separate buildings, ranging from 1 to 3 stories high, where every room is its own buildingâ€”even Moriyamaâ€™s bath is a separate building. The buildings are all prefabricated houses, which use steel plating to make the walls as thin as possible, in order to maximize the interior space.
Buildings A, B, C and D are occupied by the client: A is bedrooms and a study, B the kitchen and pantry, C the living room and D the bathroom. E is the maids quarters. The rest of the units are rental units of varying size.
â€œIn this house, the client is given the freedom to decide which part of this cluster of rooms is to be used as a residence or as rental rooms. He may switch among the series of living and dining rooms or use several rooms at a time according to the season or other circumstances. The domain of the residence changes after his own life.â€
In between the buildings you will find small gardens and pathways that are open to the street while connecting the different structures – what i like about this modern prefab is that it’s playfully blurs what we see as private and public property.