The Beehive House by Jima Design

The Beehive House in Japan is a home designed to stimulate the mind and the body. The interiors play around the idea of a beehive structure, while the overall design is based on the traditional Japanese Castle. The clients are castle enthusiasts and the father of the family is an amateur theatre director, hence the unusual request for a house that is inquisitive, imaginative and playful.

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

Moving keeps the body and mind healthy. The goal was to design a home that would do both of these things, keep the body and brain active. The designer wanted to design a house that makes the family move more than a typical home, through the use of unusual shapes and spaces to intrigue the brain as well as bringing on an element of fun. The house has no dead ends, the open-ended spaces mean one must always choose the path to use.

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

This home was specifically designed to stimulate children to enhance their physical and mental development through its unique structure, allowing for the choice of movement and flexibility of use, which is interesting and irregular. Comprising of 12 cells, children are free to play with the spaces– using one as a bed space and another as a play room or study space. Once inside the beehive structure, one may lose his or her sense of direction but it also evokes a sense of wonder, curiosity and encourages imaginary play.

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

The rest of the house is designed with functional spaces on different levels which increases physical movement. The living area forms the central core of the house and is likened to the honmaru, the main castle where the Feudal Lord resides. The beehive section represents the jōkamachi, the surrounding area occupied by the commoners and castle protectors. The exterior of the house is designed to look like a castle facade. The clients are avid castle enthusiasts and so this concept was developed to foster their love of castles.

(Photo credit: Kazushi Hirano)

Besides castles, the family love theatre. The father of the family is an amateur theatre director and puts on performances twice a year. For this purpose, the first floor of the home is designed as a working theatre with stage and space for the audience, as well as backstage, lighting and sound areas.