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A Floating 'Street' Bisects This Open-Plan Japanese House

All photos by <a href="http://www.fwdinc.jp/">Daici Ano</a> via <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/27/mamm-design-open-plan-house-kai-japan-street-between-floors/">Dezeen</a>
All photos by Daici Ano via Dezeen

Tokyo-based firm MAMM Design has designed a family home that takes the open-plan approach up a notch: the two-story house features a mezzanine-level "gallery street" that overlooks the living-dining area while also staying in close proximity to the bedrooms on the floor above. This transitional space not only acts as an open, communal lounge area between the two floors, but also helps the parents keep an eye on their young children.

"The gallery plays a role as a street where all activities of the family flow in," the architects told Dezeen. A floating staircase, double-height living room, windows all along the south-facing facade that flood the wood interiors with natural light—all this is experienced best from the "street" within the house.

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