the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Japan
  5. KINO Architects
  6. Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects

Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects

  • 00:00 - 23 August, 2011
Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects
Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai + 16

  • Architects

    KINO Architects /  Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Location

  • Collaborator

    SAK Architects / Yu Sakuma
  • Structural Engineer

    Yasushi Moribe
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The project site, only about 46 square meters, is in a high-density residential area of Tokyo. Before, there was a detached house on this site. In Tokyo, this size of house is not rare, and is normally called "Small house". This type of house was the dream for a nuclear household.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Recently, the nuclear household is decreasing, while a one-person household is increasing in Japan. We have taken the old nuclear household dream and adjusted it to today's one-person's household reality. We built a small apartment on this site. Basement floor, loft, and the first floor are the owner's house. She lives alone there, and she rents the second floor for one person.

© Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

The owner requested a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, guest room, terrace, garage, bath, toilet, storage and rented room. First, we felt that we couldn't fit all these rooms in this small building. In these cases, we usually follow a standard procedure, reducing the number of rooms by making one multi purpose room.

© Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

This time, we tried another approach, because we heard the following opinion from the owner "I want my home to be cozy." We reduced the size of each room so we could fit them all in the house creating a comfortable and cozy living space.

Floor Plans
Floor Plans

View the complete gallery

About this office
KINO Architects
Cite: "Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects" 23 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments