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Moriyama House in Japan

Regarding communal housing and re-examining the american dream, SANAA's Moriyama houses by Japanese architect, Ryue Nishizawain is the best example we've seen. *Posted on behalf of the Palo Alto OpenIDEO local meet-up. Special thanks to Emily!

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Regarding communal housing and re-examining the american dream, SANAA's Moriyama houses by Japanese architect, Ryue Nishizawain is the best example I've seen.

"The Moriyama House is a flexible-format of minimalist steel prefab house for Yasuo Moriyama, a perfect example of a home designed like a community while connecting the inside and outside.

Located in the suburbs of Tokyo, this modern architectural concept presents a multi-building residence with ten separate buildings, ranging from 1 to 3 stories high, where every room is a building by itself - even owner Moriyama's bathroom is a separate building. The buildings are all prefabricated houses, which use steel plating to make the walls as thin as possible, in order to maximize the interior space."
( http://openbuildings.com/buildings/moriyama-house-profile-39113)

Moriyama House on Open Buildings

Moriyama House Plan

Moriyama House images


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Wow, I wish these existed in the United States where I am. Such a smart idea and I love the communal living focus.

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Thanks Annie. I completely agree! Designing intentional communities works on so many levels...particularly well suited to "aging in place."

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Unfortunately I know those houses to maintain is quite expensive and difficult apart design housing for elders must require easy mobility on interior and toilet must be integrated.

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Good points, Eddie. These are clearly not for seniors, but they are beautiful, and the relationship between the buildings allows for a lot of social interaction. It would be great to have a wide mix of ages in this type of housing.