This Japanese-inspired home is situated between Autun and Beaune in Burgundy, France and designed by architects Jean-Baptiste Barache and Sihem Lamine, Paris.
The owners, Peter and Sandrine Colline, dreamed of a Japanese home that is close with nature and built with environment-friendly materials.
A traditional Japanese home features a room with tatami flooring usually made of rice straw. It’s very interesting to note that there are actually rules concerning its layout and how many tatami mats should be in a room. According to Wikipedia, in the Edo period, “auspicious” tatami arrangements and “inauspicious” tatami arrangements were distinctly differentiated, and the tatami accordingly would be rearranged depending on the occasion. Nowadays, the “auspicious” layout is ordinarily used. In this arrangement, the junctions of the tatami form a “T” shape; in the “inauspicious” arrangement, the tatami are in a grid pattern wherein the junctions form a + shape. An inauspicious layout is said to bring bad fortune. In homes, the mats must not be laid in a grid pattern, and in any layout there is never a point where the corners of four mats touch.
Did you know that? Traditional Japanese housing does not have a designated use for each room aside from the entrance area (genkan, 玄関), kitchen, bathroom, and toilet. Any room can be a living room, dining room, study, or bedroom. This is possible because all the necessary furniture is portable, being stored in oshiire, a small section of the house (large closets) used for storage. It is important to note that in Japan, living room is expressed as i-ma, living “space”. This is because the size of a room can be changed by altering the partitioning. (Source: Wikipedia)
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