The house is not just a home for a family but is also oriented towards the society. Its design had the following requirements.
1. A family common area, which combines in a single space all the functions in constant use by the family, such as living, dining and kitchen, a private office, and study rooms.
2. Minimally-sized private rooms.
3. Office space for the activities of an NPO (organization which provoides environmental therapy for children with mental disorders).
These three fields are wrapped by a U-shaped volume which creates a buffer zone against the town. this acts like an open multipurpose field for NPO workshops, play therapy, family events, regional meetings and a common area for people living nearby.
Keywords: Japan, Saitama-ken, residential structures, mixed-use, architectural model, physical model, housing. Submitted by Hitoshi Abe.