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2007年11月03日

In the Bedrooms

Lately, public interest with regards to sleep is rising. Main elements constructing a bedroom where comfortable sleep can be acquired are the following. Light, sound, temperature, humidity level and scent are intricately relevant. However, this article tackles the issues such as planning the bedroom and the beddings which directly touch the body, to materialize a good night sleep.
In the past, Japan didn't have a custom to sleep in beds. People changed the sleeping places according to the seasons, i.e., looking for coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. But along with the influx of western culture, a concept of bedroom which is just for sleeping, appeared. Recently, people started to have a desire to watch movies and listen to music in bedrooms. With this trend, bedrooms combined with bathrooms, shower and closets which are like hotel rooms, are getting popular. This kind of trend stems from a factor that more people started to pursue fulfilling private space and time. An ideal, relaxing bedroom would be the one where all the necessary functions are consolidated and a rational traffic line is materialized, emitting a luxurious atmosphere.
On the other hand, fabrics like curtains and linens are easily replaceable in bedrooms that it is possible to change the atmosphere depending on the seasons and one's feeling. It is difficult to repurchase bed frames and mattresses a number of times but it would be fun to enjoy some changes by fabric coordination with a twist. Comfortableness is of course, but psychological factors like satisfaction and sense of ease play an important role as to acquire a good night sleep. Thus, it's significant to make a bedroom reflecting one's own taste.
A bedroom is where you can go back to yourself the most, compared to other rooms in the residence. It would be perfect and luxurious to be able to enjoy an ideal bedroom where you can relax with peace of mind.


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2007年11月10日

WEEKEND HOUSES - K Residence



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The K residence stands in Hakone-machi, Miura county, in Kanagawa prefecture. This area is famous for its great nature and cool summer that there are many weekend houses. The owners, K couple purchased this plot of land for the reason of good access from their main home, which is about one hour drive. The K's also they liked the environment where even though it's located in the center of town, there is a 400-year-old beech tree and the mountains and rives are situated on the north side. This reminded the K's of their old residence in England where they lived for 7 years and this house was surrounded by clean water and lots of greenery.
What the K's wanted was a simple residence that used natural materials, having a gallery on one side of the home where all the antique furniture that the wife collects, can be displayed. Normally, when a house is built in an area still lush with nature, the windows are made to be large to enjoy the nature as much as possible. However, architect, Ken Mineta and Ei Onda, proposed a plan in which the house would be shaped like a letter, "S" to go against the landscape, allowing residents to have a completely different experience while inside the house than they would have outside of the home. Each window was designed to frame the outdoor scenery, and every room was designed in a different shape to give each a distinctly unique feel and view, ensuring that residents could enjoy all aspects of the scenery which changes gradually from the entrance to the living & dining room and from the first floor to the second floor.
On the north side of the living & dining room, a 5m length bench was inserted, giving the room an "Arabian" feel. This bench is useful for guests who can lay down and relax. Antique furniture displayed all over the house not only adds color to the space, but also creates a high-quality atmosphere.

K Residence / Sutdio ARCHI FARM

2007年11月15日

THE FACE/PIET BOON

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Piet Boon has been getting a lot of attention in the Holland. His private home is in Oostzaan, Amsterdam. He is living with his wife, Karin and their two children in this great greenery environment. The house has a dark gray roof and a unique chimney, giving it a classical yet minimal atmosphere. There is a large dining room, kitchen, wine cellar, living room, bedroom, bathroom and kid's rooms. He started up a small construction company in 1982 called "PIET BOON OOSTZAAN B.V." with Karin, but his interest shifted from not only constructing a building but to designing as well as them. Currently, Boon does the planning and construction of the building, as well as the designing of the interiors and the furniture. For him, attention to detail is an essential part of creating a comfortable residence. And he considers the scenery seen from inside the house is also important that you can view a pastoral landscape and a sheep crowd in his premise from the terrace where the furniture he designed, are laid out. Piet says that being a carpenter originally gave him a full knowledge of materials and that factor helps him when he designs. In addition to designing, the experience of being involved in all aspects of building a home has given Boon the ability to control things such as the temperature, lighting, and sound system, all with the help of a computer.

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