Just a short train ride from the heart of Tokyo is a small suburb called Kyodo. For a few days there, we had the pleasure of sharing a home with Hide, his family, and house-mates at his amazing residence known as Kyodo House.
Hide described the home as 'an experiment in living', and for us, it was a truly inspiring place to work and share the space that we were warmly welcomed in. The house is airy, full of natural light, insanely thoughtful, and filled with small surprises and efficiencies that we are realizing the Japanese have mastered.
We stayed in the minimal (but cozy) basement space which not only housed us, but is also a flexible-use space for things like gallery showings or screenings. Our days included morning yoga sessions on the rooftop, watching Hide's daughter climb on everything and play on the rope swing in the living room, and learning a bit about Japanese cuisine (nattō & nabe, yum!).
The house was designed and built by Japanese studios Sandwich and Team Low-Energy, and was designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable.