Atelier K / Kensaku Tohmoto

© Yoshiyuki Hirai

Architects: Kensaku Tohmoto
Location: Kyoto,
Contractor: Sanwa Koumuten Co. Ltd.
Project area: 86 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Yoshiyuki Hirai

© Yoshiyuki Hirai

The client is an artist couple in their sixties.

The site the client has decided on is in the middle of an old residential district of tightly-packed rows of small houses. The plan, for only two inhabitants, is extremely simple with few rooms, but with strong emphasis given to the height and form of the roof over the living room.

© Yoshiyuki Hirai

This space, filled with soft light from a toplight, will be a place for the couple to confront the universe, and for self-reflection. It is intended that in this very small room, they can embrace the cosmos, transcend the scale of the residence and look towards infinite horizons.

It is my strong hope that this house will shine new light on the couple’s lives as artists.

Cite: "Atelier K / Kensaku Tohmoto" 17 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Katsudon

    All the plans are hand-drew, even the insulation layer… ah, good old times revival!
    Congratulations for this simple and beautiful house.

  • up_today_arch

    This hous has the porch, but dose not has the entire form… nice inside volume also…