Little House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga,
Client: Private
Construction Year: 2007
Site Area: 495 sqm
Constructed Area: 61,98 sqm
Photographs: The copyright of all images belongs to Takumi Ota

This house was built at a reasonable cost and designed for a young couple and their dog.

While reflecting the client’s simple lifestyle, the house was designed to incorporate spatial drama that integrates familiarity with the landscape.

Cite: "Little House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura" 07 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>

    Some nice moves, but this is overall pretty boring. Does that ladder go to the second floor so the dogs don’t? Kind of impractical for everyday use.

  • Fino

    nice subtle moves………. with the most boring facade ever, and a badly detailed one at that. It is clearly plopped on top of a 3′ thick slab with no intensions of hidding it. How the house meets the ground seems like a default, and painting the slab white just isn’t cutting it. Forgive me if I am being too picky.

    that is all.

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    Less really is more when you see what can be done with a tad shy of 62 square meters. It is interesting to compare this house with the Dakota Residences in Seattle here published yesterday. Those residences, aimed at a similar kind of client, are each around 163 square meters + 2.6 times the size of this dwelling.

    Every FORM project I have seen has been poetic, appropriate, intricate, and delicate in all of the right ways. This house is really contained and content while using the site to its maximum effect. The facade, still a little bare of planting, could be something straight out of the Rue Mallet Stevens in Paris.

    Terry Glenn Phipps

  • francis

    Sublime FORM. It breath with ease (not an easy achievement) given the constraints, as Terry has pointed out. It tick all the boxes for me, especially the clients’, no doubt. Even the pooches look super happy!

  • FORM / Kouichi Kimura

    Dear Terry Glenn Phipps

    I saw your comments on the Arch Daily.
    I am writing this mail to say thank you very much for your comments about my works.
    Your warm comments on the web encouraged me greately. i am impressed with the thing that you have sensed that my works are influenced by Scarpa’s works, yet I have never mention about it. That is why I have decided to write this mail to you.
    Thanks again for having your interests on my works. I hope that you comment on my works on the Arch Daily , continuously.

    Kouichi Kimura

  • miguel

    Trabajo sensible, elegante y auténtico. Me gusta, no sólo la forma de componer geometría y materiales, si no la interpretación original y creativa sobre los requerimientos programáticos (la casa de los perros dentro y fuera de la casa… el muelle sobre el bosque…) Sigue inventando y publicando!

  • Jorge Sabonger

    Quite fascinating those ladders that go to a second space! It’s creative and delivers a sense of extraordinary designing skills! Contragulation Kouichi Kimura

  • chess

    kouichi san,

    description says… ‘This house was built at a reasonable cost… ‘. would you mind sharing information regarding the construction cost (per square meter or total cost)

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