Japanese-Styled Open Plan Modern Home


Gallery featuring the House Pollock by Metropole Architects. This Japanese-styled open plan modern home boasts spectacular views.

Japanese-Styled Open Plan Modern Home

Welcome to our gallery featuring the House Pollock by Metropole Architects.

This home was built in the Zimbaldi golf course estate, overlooking rolling greens, water features, natural forest, and the ocean.

The contemporary style showcases the simplicity of Japanese design influence.

The clients were seeking a thoroughly modern, 21st century design that would be inclusive of natural beauty, with plentiful natural wood and glass. This allows the homeowners to experience vistas of the outdoors from within the home.

There are a number of prominent features that enhance and complete the design, including large roof overhangs, massive openings, and strong horizontal elements. Together, these elements help foster the Japanese undertones.

The site itself features steep topography, which presented a challenge to the designers. They responded by producing a multi-level, open plan home that projects out of the hillside.

The southern orientation made a challenge out of ensuring natural light penetrated the home. The design matches this challenge with the use of an atrium.

This atrium serves a dual purpose, allowing natural light to fill the middle of the home while also separating the private bedroom areas from the guest area of the home.

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The full integration with the surrounding environment is this home’s biggest design theme, and the open plan, coupled with broad openings, helps seal the deal.

Here in the central open plan space, we see the living room defined by rich natural wood, white walls, and vast, full height windows. The atrium ceiling allows plentiful natural light inside.

Here in the central open plan space, we see the living room defined by rich natural wood, white walls, and vast, full height windows. The atrium ceiling allows plentiful natural light inside.

The living room is wrapped by a huge sectional on the inside, and massive wrap around sliding glass panels on the exterior side. This allows the room to open completely to the vast patio and outdoors.

The living room is wrapped by a huge sectional on the inside, and massive wrap around sliding glass panels on the exterior side. This allows the room to open completely to the vast patio and outdoors.

The open plan layout blends the living room with the large kitchen, at right. A lowered floor and small surrounding wall help define it within the larger space.

The open plan layout blends the living room with the large kitchen, at right. A lowered floor and small surrounding wall help define it within the larger space.

The kitchen is bordered by this large, sleek white island with a built-in sink and plenty of room for barstool dining. The blue glass backsplash is lit from within the upper level cabinetry, while modern white cupboards fill the space below.

The kitchen is bordered by this large, sleek white island with a built-in sink and plenty of room for barstool dining. The blue glass backsplash is lit from within the upper level cabinetry, while modern white cupboards fill the space below.

The dining area, within the same large open room, features a rich natural wood table and sleek white chairs, contrasting with the marble flooring. Here, we see another large sliding glass opening to the patio.

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The dining area, within the same large open room, features a rich natural wood table and sleek white chairs, contrasting with the marble flooring. Here, we see another large sliding glass opening to the patio.

The upper level houses the master bedroom, which boasts a similarly broad opening to the outdoors. Sliding glass panels surround the room entirely, allowing for a total blurring of the line between indoors and out.

The upper level houses the master bedroom, which boasts a similarly broad opening to the outdoors. Sliding glass panels surround the room entirely, allowing for a total blurring of the line between indoors and out.

Seen from outside, the bedroom stands distinct with a shorter dividing wall beneath the soaring vaulted ceiling. This helps further enhance the open feel of the home design.

Seen from outside, the bedroom stands distinct with a shorter dividing wall beneath the soaring vaulted ceiling. This helps further enhance the open feel of the home design.

Moving to the center of the home, we see the multiple layers of wood, marble, and steel intersecting between layers of glass. Open visual lines are everywhere, making for a welcoming, flowing space.

Moving to the center of the home, we see the multiple layers of wood, marble, and steel intersecting between layers of glass. Open visual lines are everywhere, making for a welcoming, flowing space.

The backyard boasts a large swimming pool, directly across the large patio from the home. We see the glass openings fully retracted, blurring the line between indoors and outside.

The backyard boasts a large swimming pool, directly across the large patio from the home. We see the glass openings fully retracted, blurring the line between indoors and outside.

The large deck even boasts a small putting range, right next to a beautiful bamboo garden, tucked into a corner of the building. This helps enhance the already solid Japanese feel of the design.

The large deck even boasts a small putting range, right next to a beautiful bamboo garden, tucked into a corner of the building. This helps enhance the already solid Japanese feel of the design.

At the front entry, the home appears welcoming but retains privacy, thanks to louvered panels floating in front of the windows and glass doors.

At the front entry, the home appears welcoming but retains privacy, thanks to louvered panels floating in front of the windows and glass doors.

Seeing the backyard in daylight, we can appreciate the mixture of rich natural wood tones and sharp glass elements, all overhung by the broad roof.

Seeing the backyard in daylight, we can appreciate the mixture of rich natural wood tones and sharp glass elements, all overhung by the broad roof.

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