The home of a young family of three, Seya House in Yokohama blurs the boundaries between yard, garden and home. With both the couple working as florists, their wish was for a home that would accommodate a wide variety of flowers and plants, and be “surrounded by nature”.
Tanjiri and his team built the exterior shell of the house in the form of a giant timber and plywood shed, and enclosed within it a double-height space in the front that acts as a buffer zone between the exterior and interior zones. “It is the norm to erect walls to enclose a space for a building, but for the house in Seya we decided to enclose the outer space. This resulted in the creation of a space that is neither a garden nor a room,” says Tanjiri.
The concept behind the design was to find the relationship between architecture and nature by manipulating the scale of architecture in a scale-less natural environment. “It is important to have a sense of scale in architecture. When there is no scale, the space is open and when that condition is analysed, one sees that it is similar to the natural environment, where there is no scale. The concept came from the thought of taking away scale from architecture and adding scale to nature,” he explains.