If you’re headed to Japan as a foreign exchange student staying with a host family, and if you’re really lucky (I mean, stepped in dog poo lucky) you may end up lodging in this gorgeous home designed by Apollo Architects. Located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo it was designed specifically for a family who regularly hosts foreign exchange students. “One of the key design concepts is to respect the privacy of the family and guests to achieve comfortable and relaxing lifestyles,” said lead architect Satoshi Kurosaki.
On the 1st floor is the guest room. It’s designed in traditional Japanese style – tatami floors and all – to help foster a more authentic feel. It’s attached to a courtyard that’s surrounded by exposed concrete walls. By opening the sliding doors it connects to an open space facing the street.