Architect Visit: The Art of Flexible Living, Yokohama Edition by

Issue 97 · Autumn in Japan · November 4, 2013

Architect Visit: The Art of Flexible Living, Yokohama Edition

Issue 97 · Autumn in Japan · November 4, 2013

Using sliding partitions in lieu of walls, traditional Japanese house design makes an art form out of flexible living. As the partitions move, different spaces emerge and recede according to the needs of the moment. With Korean Pojaki patchwork cloth and other unexpected materials, Tokyo architecture firm MDS reinterprets these core principles in a 1,000-square-foot Yokohama house designed for modern family living.

Photography by Toshiyuki Yano via Arch Daily

Cedar clad Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: Turned on an axis, the cedar-clad cube is supported by a concrete base. 

Open concrete stairs Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: Cantilevered concrete stair treads lead upstairs to the living spaces.

Cedar clad walls in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: A dramatic light well is created by the open stair treads.

Cedar clad partitions and white curtains in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen is divided from the living area by moveable partitions made of Korean Pojaki patchwork cloth that were designed by the owner of the house. The cedar-clad walls used here and elsewhere stand firm. 

Cedar clad partitions in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: A tall window brings daylight to the inner dining area, which is sectioned off by a standing screen of white metal bars. 

Cedar clad partitions, brass pendant light, Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: Full height curtains have the appearance of a moveable partition.

Cedar clad walls and partitions in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: Alongside the stairs, a partition of white metal bars serves as a transparent wall. 

Open stairs with Cedar clad walls in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: At the top of the stairs, Korean Pojaki patchwork cloth, here used as curtains, creates the effect of stained glass. 

cedar clad partitions, white walls and wood floors in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: At the end of a hall, the cloth partition slides on a recessed track.

cedar clad partition, white walls and wood floors in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: On an interior wall, waist-height glazing offers an unexpected transparency.

cedar clad partitions, white accordion partitions in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: White accordion partitions can close off a mezzanine loft area as required.

white walls and wood floors in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: When the accordion partitions are shut (at left), they appear monolithic and wall-like.

Blackboard wall in Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista  

Above: A wall painted with blackboard paint transforms a narrow hall into an ongoing art project.

Cedar clad Pojagi House by MDS in Yokohama | Remodelista  

Above: The house stands out in its suburban setting; thanks to its floor to ceiling glazing, it looks as if it's made of sliding partitions. 

Floor plans, MDS, Pojagi House in Yokohama | Remodelista

Above: Floor plans of the second and third floors show the different spatial configurations offered by the placement of the partitions.

In lofts and other open settings, sliding doors and partitions come in handy. For more inspiration, see 10 Favorites: Full-Height Sliding Doors and Partitions. And if you're intrigued by the Korean Pojaki patchwork cloth curtains, go to DIY: 10 Patchwork Curtains Made From Vintage Linens.



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