Only in Japan: An Architect-Designed House That Doubles as a Dog Salon
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In only 700 square feet, Naoko Horibe of Horibe Associates devised a combination house and dog-grooming salon for a mother/daughter family of two and their various four-legged visitors. Located in Usa, a city in Oita, Japan, the long, thin building is efficiently planned, with the salon at one end and living accommodations at the other; the kitchen and bathroom are in the center and accessible from either end. Pet owners take note: Inexpensive materials like concrete and plywood kept costs low while providing cheerful, durable, and easy-to-maintain surfaces that enable man and beast to happily coexist. Photography by Yuko Tada via ArchDaily . Above: The building is located on a long, narrow site. The entry to the salon is at one end of the building and the entry to the residence is in the middle. Above: Parking is delineated by a change of color in paving stones. Above: In the reception room, the desk is built from concrete blocks and on arrival customers can have their leashes hooked to steel rings at the side of the desk. Above: The dog grooming room is just beyond reception. The space feels larger than it is thanks to the unbroken sight lines that extend from the salon to the living quarters and out to the garden. Above: The bathroom in the middle of the house can be accessed from the dog salon and the living rooms. White curtains mask storage that runs all the way down one side of the building. Above: Curtains are also used as privacy partitions in the bathroom. Above: Hard-wearing, easy-to-clean concrete floors provide hassle-free canine visits. Above: The daughter's bedroom, which is sectioned off by a curtain, has a plywood platform bed with built-in drawers. A double ladder made of wood leads to the second bedroom, a sleeping loft. Above: The simple, functional kitchen is kitted out with restaurant-supply stainless steel components. Above: A small garden extends from the living end of the house. Above: The continuous use of standing seam—from the sides of the building to the roof—give the small house a monolithic appearance. Above: The plan of the house and loft. Did you know that standing seam metal is the favorite roofing material of Remodelista Architect/Design Directory members? See examples and hear what they have to say about it at Remodeling 101: Standing Seam Metal Roofs .