I recently wrote about trends observed at January’s National Kitchen and Bath Show in Vegas. While I am passionate about wellness design (aka aging in place design or livable design), aging in place architecture is a close second. My friends and I were thrilled when we serendipitously discovered the Japanese Sekisui House Concept Home on the “other half” of the venue – the International Builders Show (IBS).

A 5,400 square foot home was constructed by Sekisui House’s wholly-owned US building enterprise Woodside Homes. Located 20 minutes from out venue, The home was dubbed “Chowa”. Chowda is an ancient Japanese term that refers to the spirit of balance, well-being, harmony and connectedness to nature.

The exterior of Chowa House.

There is so much more behind the Sekisui House’s fundamental philosophy of love of humanity. They strive to create safe, secure housing that will be handed down from generation to generation. The foundation of their thinking is “realizing customer happiness in a society where people will have a  100-year lifespan”. This is not only residential design for aging in place but being proactive about how to design quality homes for multiple generations. Their R&D Institute is Japan’s first-ever corporate research institute to specialize in happiness.

About the Sekisui House
The Sekisui House project took ten months from breaking ground to completion. Eight twenty-foot long shipping containers of engineered materials were shipped from Japan to the US. Framing was assembled in eight days with a 5 mm accuracy. Amazing!

The home was built using Sekisui House’s SHAWOOD laminated post-and-beam style frame metal-joint connection system. No circular saws were used in the construction of this home.

Sekisui House has delivered more than 2.4 million homes – more than any other company in the world. Chowa’s sustainable construction systems and techniques are proven to be more resistant to natural disasters than traditional building methods. They are built with the latest innovations in thermal insulation, air quality management, solar energy materials for net zero consumption and technology integration to create a health and wellness focused living environment.

For more information on residential design and livable design for aging in place, contact me for a complimentary consultation.


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