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A Skeletal Timber Home in Tokyo That Totally Shuns Privacy

All photos by <a href="">Kenta Hasegawa</a> via <a href="">Dezeen</a>
All photos by Kenta Hasegawa via Dezeen

Another day, another architect decides that a bare-bones unfinished look is the most sensible scheme for a home and one that the client will somehow find livable. This latest example, in which an old two-story timber-framed house in Tokyo gets most of its partition walls ripped out, actually looks rather compelling.

Originally subdivided to create the maximum number of private spaces, the house has done a complete 180 in the hands of Japanese architect Jo Nagasaki from Schemata Architects. With interior walls gone, the space now sports a radically open-plan arrangement—on the ground floor, for example, the master bedroom opens to the kitchen. A part of the floor on the second floor has also been torn out to create a central void that visually unites both levels and the mezzanine. Be honest, could you live in something like this?

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