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A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners

  • 01:00 - 14 December, 2012
A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners
A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners, © Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Construction

  • Structure

    Ryuji Tabata/ASD
  • Site Area

    30.07 sqm
  • Total Floor Area

    50.70 sqm
  • Area

    18.03 sqm
  • Photographs

© Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

From the architect. A very small land in a very high density city , Tokyo . Discover new style of usage as a living environment , which compact urban house cannot carry, Inside a small outer space the “opening”.

© Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

The “opening” is a place to move from one building to another building, It is a bay window to put a flower pot, And a space where furnitures can crowd out. The “opening” take root in daily life , as the people living in this house update how to use and utilize the most of it.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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majchers · March 03, 2016

I love projects like this little narrow cutie! Adds spice to life. Congratulations to the crew!

Katsudon · December 16, 2012

I'd like to understand better what makes it worth to loose the usable space for the central void?? If it's just for the beauty of the light well, I think it's a luxury for such a small plot. If it's because the landlord enjoy's narrower space, then I get it. Besides, does someone know what are the units used in these drawings?

Andrei P · December 17, 2012 11:15 PM

Katsudon, the light well is meant to give light to to all the rooms. Otherwise the central part of the house would have been doomed to darkness. Some people prefer to use artificial light and air conditioning. These people prefer to give up floor size to gain living quality. This kind of house is very good for a working person or a couple. It has all it needs. Of course, I'm sure there are other possibilities to arrange the space, keeping the same qualities. I think the dimensions are in feet. So the total width of the house is a little over 3m.

Tom Peeters · December 14, 2012

WOW! Don't you just LOVE this kind of architecture; This is where we need to go if we want to keep this world livable: functional dwellings on very small patches of land; modern nomade units, brilliant, simply brilliant.

Quoc-Long NGUYEN · July 15, 2013 12:06 PM

I agree with Katsudon. This is great for one's characteristic but not for spaces. I think they made this to play rather than to live. With this 3m depth, 1m cutting along the house for skylight is unnecessary. This seem too waste and cramped.
Otherwise, as Andrei mentioned, there are better solutions keeping same qualities of the concept but this one provides interesting and innovative thinking. I love it btw.


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