Site size: 694 square feet
Project size: 1,094 square feet
In spite of a tight property and desire for privacy, the clients wanted a roomy house with airy open spaces, and as much light as possible. The clients turned to Tokyo-based architects Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura of MDS to design their house.
The house is located on a compact, 694-square-foot parcel, in a dense residential neighborhood in Tokyo. On the south side of the property is a parking lot that may be developed in the future.
Because of the uncertainty about the adjacent property, the architects built a peaked, monolithic house of reinforced poured-in-place concrete. From the street, its doorway on the faceted, south fa'ade is the only visible opening. This entrance leads to the ground floor, which has a double-height kitchen and dining areas. On this floor, the walls angle outward slightly for expanding the space.
A light metal stair leads upstairs to the living room and a study, which overlook the kitchen and dining areas below, and then to a rooftop terrace. The terrace's wall is entirely glazed, allowing light into the house from above. Bedrooms and other private spaces are located in the basement level.
The house's reinforced concrete has a rough texture because of imprints from the cedar board forms. Inside surfaces are smooth walnut for the floors and white plaster for the walls.
Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
5-4-35-907 Minami-Aoiyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 107-0062
Phone : + 81-3-5468-0825
FAX : +81-3-5468-0826
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