Half & Half House by Naf Architect in Tokyo, Japan

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A 2014 endeavor by Naf Architect & Design, the Half & Half House combines two varied parts to form a single-family home in Tokyo, Japan. The roof of one house is flat while the other is gabled.

The flat-roofed section is clad in dark porcelain tiles that contrast with the otherwise white and pale wooden design. Wrapping around the rounded corner of the home and the block, the tiles are a sleek and distinctive touch.
The tilework is broken up by a narrow, horizontal line of windows. Positioned above eye level, the windows welcome sunlight inside without sacrificing privacy.

Within the home, the rooms pair naturally finished floors and ceilings with painted-white walls and support structures. The flat-roofed half contains the living and dining room and the bedrooms, while its gabled counterpart includes the kitchen, the bathroom, and the attic.

Back outside, the white gabled section features an exterior wall with a mortar finish and elastic coating, mirroring the look of other buildings in the neighborhood. Enclosed within both the gabled and flat-roofed divisions, there is a garage, completing the suburban home.

Photography by Toshiyuki Yano

Holly

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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