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What defines sustainable architecture? The simplest description would be architecture that has minimal impact on the environment through the application of appropriate design concepts, materials and technologies while also ensuring ongoing benefits for future occupants in the form of energy efficiency, comfort and well-being throughout the lifecycle of the building.

Sustainable architecture, as we understand it today, is not only about using the right materials and limiting the use of non-renewables and ensuring energy efficiency. A green building has to factor in every aspect of its lifecycle right from siting, design and construction, through operation, maintenance and renovation, to end-of-life when the materials can be retrieved and recycled.

Also important is the immediate environment around the building site, which needs to be preserved and protected against degradation.

Ensuring resource efficiency encompassing the use of energy, water and materials, minimising and managing waste generation onsite to avoid landfill, using recycled or recyclable materials, selecting products with minimal carbon footprint during manufacture, and localising procurement to minimise carbon miles are just one part of the sustainable building journey.

Sustainable design takes into consideration factors such as building orientation to catch the sun and winds, placement of rooms, and sizing and positioning of windows for ventilation. The materials palette is tuned to energy efficiency and low-energy use with effective application of insulation, seals, solar shading elements, low-emissivity glass, double- and triple-glazed windows, and high thermal mass building products. Passive design applies many of these principles to reduce energy consumption by as much as 40 per cent in sustainable homes.

A healthy environment is created for future occupants through the use of non-toxic paints and finishes. Material selection combines high performance with low maintenance and long-term durability, ensuring a sustainable solution.

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Source: architectureanddesign.com.au
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Let's Get to Know the Style of Japanese Minimalist House

Contemporary Japanese houses are a balance between traditional values in organising space and dynamic architectural innovation through the play of material, lighting, space and form. Japanese home design challenges various rules about how to use space and highlight minimalist “micro-living”.

“Micro-living” is a development concept that offers the suitability of space and activity in the urban environment through a variety of choices available in residential units.

The high-density urban settlement environment with solid pedestrian traffic and narrow plots of land in Japan made the architect bring up some interesting layout ideas that save space and protect privacy. Strategically placed windows, curved walls, translucent panels, and hidden terraces are among the innovative tricks that are prioritized to maximize sunlight and clear sky views, maintain privacy, and make use of every available space.

By getting to know a minimalist home style in Japan, you will get to know more about how to go about your daily routine at home and find out how urban residents use the space they have. Here are some new perspectives on modern Japanese home architecture, both in terms of aesthetics, functionality, or atmosphere.

Focus on Privacy

One concept championed by Japanese architects is privacy. After the Second World War, the demand for new settlements led to the development of prefabricated concrete houses, and the acceleration of economic growth in this era attracted more people to the city than the countryside.

Luxury View

The design of a Japanese house in a hilly area is very prominent with its geometric pattern. Natural light, view and privacy are very important for the interior of this house. To achieve this goal, Japanese architects feature spectacular compositions of massive and void compositions and some of the best carefully chosen focus of view.

Open & Continuity

The main value of the style of modern Japanese houses rests on the absence of insulating walls to create a continuity of space and facilitate organic flow between interior and exterior structures. Japanese architects such as Tadao Ando, have translated this Zen concept through the use of material, geometry, and nature and open space to create close relations between the natural environment, land, and buildings without compromising privacy.

When East Meets West

Traditional Japanese Zen philosophy inspires simple natural essence found in minimalist architecture and design. Lines, shapes, space, light and material are some of the important elements that are the core of this very popular aesthetic design.

In its development, Japanese home design is also often associated with organic architecture, which is an architectural philosophy that emphasizes harmony between housing and nature. This concept is achieved through a design approach that aims to be friendly and integrated with the surrounding environment, so that buildings, furniture, and the environment become part of a composition that is integrated and interrelated. Until now, the term organic architecture is usually associated with buildings whose forms or functions mimic nature.

Space Efficiency

Utilizing a large portion of small and narrow building land in densely populated cities like Tokyo is not easy. On the other hand, the style of Japanese houses highly upholds efficiency, which appears in various ways. One of them is how to set the layout of the house to make use of every available space.

Creative Material

Innovators try to reinterpret concrete as creative material. However, the balance is too often displayed by the demands of city life and some people are looking for alternative materials.

Smart Furniture

Furniture is an important element in modern Japanese home architecture that makes the room does not feel tight or messy so that it displays the beauty of the material and reflects natural light.

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