Black Cedar House is a striking example of unconventional architecture that has achieved a fusion of contemporary and traditional patterns of Japanese architecture in a neighborhood where the classic Hiroshima sake distilleries are taking center stage.
The house is built on 3 levels, with different spaces that give a unique appearance. Seen from the outside, the first is a black box, the original vacuum through a thin steel columns and the space above a rectangular gable.
On the ground floor there is a hall that leads to other rooms, master bedroom, the tatami room, the bathroom and a spiral staircase to the upper level. These rooms are divided by movable panels which when opened becomes a semi-outdoor space.In the unique mezzanine meet each a spiral staircase and windows offering a view of 360 degrees, acting as a natural light well into the upper and lower floors and providing outdoor space.
At the top level, we find the kitchen, dining and living room, with two openings that contain stairs. One of them is the first level and one on the mezzanine.
A project where each space is carefully designed to have different types of visibility and dynamic and diverse social interactions within the household. In terms of structure, the first and second level steel predominates to give consistency, while the Japanese tradition wood chosen for the top floor.