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House Shimouma / Kazuya Saito Architects

  • Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Design : Konishi Structural Engineers
  • Site Area: 49.41 m2
  • Building Area : 36.85 m2
  • Area: 109.67 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Sadao Hotta

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta

From the architect. The site is a long and narrow lot, located in a dense residential area in Tokyo with its north side facing the residential area. The clients are a working mother and her son who has many things to store. The surrounding environment has different personalities, increasing in many aspects, so we decided to continue with this guide elements.

© Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

They needed a secure parking and wanted a defined number of rooms so automatically the house became a three-storey building. We used wooden structure and dark brown wood for the exterior, as we were limited with a very tight budget.

© Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

Rooms are situated on the first and third floor, the middle one was left as one big space, and we designed a terrace in the roof, as the narrow site didn't allowed us to have a courtyard on the ground floor.

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