Cool Home from Around the World : Japan

Mar 23, 2015

Cool Home from Around the World : Japan   

 Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun is also the abode of the world’s finest architecture and interior design concepts. Largely influenced by the ancient Zen philosophy as well as the essence of Buddhism and Shintoism, a residential architect can draw in a great deal of inspiration from the home styles of Japan.

 
The Traditional Japanese Home
 
 
Referred to as Sukiya Zukuri, this traditional Japanese Home is reflective of the ancient culture of this island nation. Built on wooden columns that are elevated from the ground to protect it from flood and earthquakes, you will also find sloping eaves instead of a flat roof to allow the draining out rain water. Another remarkable and unique characteristic about the Sukiya Zukuri that a modern residential architect will find interesting, is the absence of chairs for sitting. Lovely Flat Sitting Cushions known as Zabuton are used instead. Over the years, the wooden columns of the house started getting enclosed in the walls to reduce the fire hazards.
 
A look at Modern Japanese Housing
 
 
Modern Japanese Housing has some derivatives from the ancient traditions, a few concepts from the Meiji Restoration Period that had heralded the advent of industrialization in Japan, and also has profound influence from the West. A Japanese Residential Architect will always keep in mind the construction of the Genkan or the Entranceway which is below the level of the house, and is especially designated for people to remove their footwear prior to entering the house. Yet another Japanese Housing Characteristic that is unique to this part of the world, is the construction of separate rooms that together constitute the bathroom. This means that there will be separate allocated room with a wash basin or sink, another room with a bath tub or shower area, and a room with the WC. All these rooms collectively constitute the bathroom, which is usually constructed as far away as possible from the other rooms. 
 
Urban Apartments
 
If a residential architect were to make his or her foray into the realm of Japanese Architecture, the first thing he would need to familiarize himself with is the Danchi, which is the Japanese Equivalent of any modern housing complex, most commonly found in industrial cities as opposed to the traditional Sukiya Zukuri, found in the countryside. 
 
Harmonizing Spaces and Elements of Design
 
The fundamental concept of Japanese Interior Designing as promulgated by any leading residential architect happens to be simplicity and minimalism. There is absolutely no flamboyance and nothing that disrupts the harmonious flow of energy. All spaces are organized in a manner that makes them clutter-free or non-chaotic, and any element of design used is aimed at channelizing positive vibes into the house whilst attempting to discard all negativity. Japanese Homes are indeed one of the most well-planned, elegant and meticulously balanced homes across the world!