How are you going to make your bathroom look fresher and more appealing? This question is frequently pursued by the designers and homeowners because it has become one of the most important questions to be answered. “Maybe this is the year?… We are currently in the phase of thinking out of the box and implementing design solutions that make use of the latest trends in tile and stone.” says designer Tatiana Bergg.
In addition to the stone available in the color blue and the cool gray, the owner values the design opportunities inherent in modern bathroom fixtures. Bergg started a family company with flourishing children’s design projects, hence the full roster of collaborators. Her current circle is comprised of young designers who focus on bathroom aesthetics, functionality and harmony.
We asked Bergg and her team at Akari Home how they designed this house and showroom in the Yamanashi Prefecture where it is located.
“We didn’t develop the design until the client came in. We had a very close meeting on a specific day of the week, around 3 am, and we decided what should we do. She asked us to work together and what could we do to improve the quality of the air and space,” says Bergg. From the beginning, the company’s focus was on a vibrant and lasting environment, and this is one of the reasons she was inducted into the prestigious architectural awards in 2012. The home’s prime place greeting the residents of the neighborhood is an open sky courtyard, which is calculated to fan out the cool air and keep temperature constant. In addition to this, the design was driven by a large family of five with an affinity for art. “We want this space to be remembered as the scene of happy children playing together.” says Bergg. As a result, the continuous facade of the building’s front façade, where the doors are positioned, functions as a plaza resembling an outdoor garden.
The building’s two levels are actually slightly offset from the front, with one half facing the street and the other one overlooking the garden and the north. The angled top floor, which is the main entrance, encloses only a single upper level, delivered only by the entryway under the home’s top level.
Inside the entrance, the right side of the once-separated upper floor is reclaimed. This side is much more zen and welcoming than the formerly present side. Wood covers the floor and ceiling in this side, the same as on the top floor, which Bergg describes as part of the natural scenery and environment.
From the opposite end of the living space, the once-separated upper floor is rendered completely open. The floor-to-ceiling glass barrier is actually a modern wall art piece. The other end connects visually with the entryway, evolving into the same space that the front door leads.
The home’s main entry is on the inside, to the left of the entry. After entering, the natural wood floor leads right into the living room. Wood floors and chairing are carried over from the rest of the interior. Visible through the glass wall, the living room is immediately drawn to the view outside.
The large open square space that the living room leads to is accessed from the dining area and kitchen by the way to a raised wood platform. From the elevated space, the homeowners can access stairs that lead down to the garage, where there is storage space for up to seven cars.
The stairs lead to the ground floor, which contains the bedrooms and bathroom spaces.