Architect Nobuyasu Hattori's main job is designing the houses in the Nishi-Kasugai county of the Aichi prefecture, Gifu prefecture and Mie prefecture, all situated in the Tokai area. He had the experience of designing commercial facilities and being a site observer in the past, and then got involved in designing houses. In 1995, he established the Nobuyasu Hattori Architectural Design Office. The residences that Hattori creates have a mellow atmosphere giving the impression of Japanese "wa" demonstrated by the selected openings creating shaded space, and dynamic spaces without any partitions. These are the unique characteristics of his designs.
Hattori, who creates these unique residences, completed his own home in 2008 as an experimental trial. It's a one-story house of 5.5m x 13.2m for his four family members and the floor area is only 67m2. There are hardly any openings on the exterior walls and the main opening is only the skylight located on the upper part of the dining room. This is unthinkable in a regular residence design. However, the skylight located 3.3m high brings in enough sunlight and to make the indoors adequately bright.
The bathroom and the toilet are situated on both sides of the entrance hallway. Beyond this is a combined living/dining room, a kitchen behind the partition, two children's rooms of 4.9m2 on the east side and the 2.2 tatami room, which is used as the couple's master bedroom. Hattori clearly differentiated the necessary and the unnecessary and the home was planned out according to priorities. Moreover, the building is built low; it's 4.2m high minimizing the oppressive feeling. No walls were built, and flowers and trees that change color throughout the four seasons were planted instead of the walls. The calm space that Hattori creates makes us rethink what kind of residence is appropriate for families.