This single-family home located in downtown Sendai, Japan is certainly an eye-catcher. Designed by Apollo Architects and Associates, the house features an upper floor that juts outward, which provides a protective awning for two cars. The plan also includes an indoor courtyard and private terrace. I don't think one can disagree that this is a lot of house for such a narrow space.
The architects' floor plan allows the space to utilize natural light along with an open floor plan to give the technically small home a larger feel and proper ventilation. Dark louvers on the slanted front facade shield the front of the house by allowing those inside to look out while keeping nosy neighbors at bay. For added privacy, windows that face neighboring houses have been kept to a minimum.
To bring the serene outdoors to a crowded suburban neighborhood, a central courtyard has been landscaped with trees and other plants within the home designed by Apollo Architects and Associates.
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Apollo Architects Create a Tranquil Oasis in a Crowded Neighborhood
Published: Mar 18, 2011 • References: designboom