Play | Architecture
Photography: Yoshiaki Maezawa via Arch Daily
Living in the cold, Japanese town of Sapporo, playing outside has its limits. Winters welcome heavy snowfall that reaches up to 5 metres high making a play at the local park unlikely during this season. Architecture firm Ryo-Yamada took the reality of this families living environment and considered both living and play in this newly finished home.
Constructed of prominent timber beams throughout the open space, the structure itself acts as a jungle gym of sorts to the small children who call this home. Purpose built walking platforms and laddered lofts provide hideaways for daily adventures and secret treasure stashes, whilst purposefully providing exercise and stimulation for the home owners. Each loft is designed as a moveable section of the home, growing with the families changing needs.
Theres a fantastic article articulating the construction details over here on Arch Daily – a very interesting read from the architect himself detailing why many of the design decisions were made, and the influences from the environment and location of the build.
From my perspective, I wanted to share with you how the reality of your living situation can, and should, sculpt the interiors you create. This is such great example of living bigger than four walls. An entire indoor jungle gym might not be appropriate here in Aus (we are spoilt with amazing weather) but an honest evaluation of our lifestyle could lead to some refreshing interiors, and perhaps a more cohesive approach to adult-child living. I know my kids would go nuts over this home.