A Spacious Home for an Extended Family in Japan

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The SHR House is a large gray home created by Sun Tan Architects Studio in Hachioji, Japan. Designed for an extended family of ten people, the building is divided into a common area and three units, so that the residents can spend as much time together and apart as they wish. The versatile space features details such as plastered walls, arched doorways, sliding windows, and a wood-lined porch. Inside and out, the home is decorated in white, gray, and the pale brown of Oregon pine. Outside, the plot keeps the zelkova trees that predate the house, giving the land natural beauty and support.

Photography by Kenji Masunaga

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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