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Tour a Japanese Home Cool Enough to Save the Cubicle

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We may be pretty much over the very open workspaces that came after the cubicle, but few would call for their return (despite their very well-meaning roots). Of course, leave it to cutting-edge Japanese architects to take the form and turn it into something downright dreamy looking.

Given, this is actually the upper level of a home, but still! With House in Hanekita, Japanese architect Katsutoshi Sasaki has once again proven adept at stretching innovative living spaces through narrow sites. His firm divided the second floor into "bays," which, according to Design Boom, each posses their "own character, either marked by shadow or gardens illuminated by skylights above." Others have tables and built-in seats, and a long one sets off the kitchen.

In contrast, the first floor is left almost completely open, allowing one to peer straight back from the sliding front door into the private garden.

Enough to spark a re-evaluation of the cubicle? Probably not. Still way cool, though.

· Katsutoshi Sasaki explores public/private spaces with the house in Hanekita [Design Boom]
· The Bridges of Hiroshima Prefecture [Meridian]