Hideout of a Brick Storehouse by K2-Design
Hideout of a Brick Storehouse is a minimalist house located in Hiroshima, Japan, designed by K2-Design. It was originally a fuel storehouse and later functioned as a work place for the father of the present client. It will now continue to mature as a residence with the passing of time. The old brick storehouse has historical value, and furthermore it would be nearly impossible today to build using the same techniques of that time.
The interior was designed to create a sense of depth. Indirect lighting arrangements were scrutinized for effective lighting. The architects also added a wood stove. Its countenance is suitable for this house, but above all a flickering flame is most beautiful. The wide views of brick and glass in this space create a “sui generis” (distinctive) atmosphere, and the reflection of light and flames add a great variety of expression to the room.
In addition, the architects installed skylights in the new house so that the users can enjoy the aged wooden beams of the storehouse with gentle, natural light shining into the house. The skylights and openings in the brick walls to the outdoors are made to disperse light and provide a breezeway to the new house. To harmonize with the beautiful brick walls, environmentally friendly Afzelia wood flooring with beeswax was utilized.