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Osamu Nishida and Takanori Ineyama of OnDesign Partners recently completed a private residence in Kanagawa, Japan titled A House and a Vacant Lot. Taking their clients’ request to heart, they set about designing a space where the husband and wife could separate their contrasting hobbies of surfing and piano, respectively. The result is literally 2 homes, resembling a dollhouse split in two, separated by an (indoor) vacant lot with a vaulted ceiling.
The industrial ladder used in the “surfer’s home” is not temporary. It’s here to stay. Not only were the measurements a perfect fit but the owners liked the contrast it provided against the wood.
The architectural model that was on display during the open house provides a nice visual as to how the home is structured.