The Atlas House in Osaka, Japan doubles as a residence for an aged couple and their son’s dental clinic. Strange, one might think, but Tomohiro Hata Architects succeeded in successfully dividing these spaces using large glassed voids that penetrate all levels. There are three of these “empty pillars” in the structure, their physical placements distinguishing between the public and private spaces while their transparency visually integrates them all. The voids are roofless, allowing the ground floor to be treated as a garden open to the sky.
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