Time for Light / H residence
The H residence where a couple lives, stands in a residential area of a quaint resort town, Kamakura, KANAGAWA. They looked for land with a view of the ocean in the distance for 5 years, and asked the architect Kenichiro Niizeki to design their house. The husband who has interest in architecture and design, valued lighting and materials and did not want to place too much emphasis on design or function. The wife requested a comfortable house where people could gather as if it was their “home.” The exterior with the narrow lateral wood panel is impressive. On the first floor entering from the center of the building, is the Japanese style room, bedroom and bathroom. On the second floor is the living room, dining kitchen and study. On the 2nd floor, ash flooring is used throughout and the ocean can be seen from the dining room on the east side. The living room is positioned as an extension to the dining room, but is separated by its lowered floor. Also the warm lights from the fireplace and lamps create a different atmosphere in the dining room. The lights from Henning Koppel's oil lamp and Serge Moulle's floor stand add depth to the space. The lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere for guests to enjoy their after dinner time in the living room. Also, the sockets have been placed with the lighting and furniture layout in mind, so the space looks very tidy. The top light created over the staircase next to the living room adds soft light to the space and gives it a spacious feeling.