Yoshio Ohno Architects designed the 'House in Miyake,' a compact residence made from blackened timber and built on top of a concrete wall in Hiroshima, Japan.
The Japanese studio had only 93-square-meters to work with. They chose to construct across a split-level site, divided by the four-meter retaining wall the home rests upon. By having the structure straddle the wall, the architects were able to build as though it were a single site.
Two black columns support the three storeys of the building; one which is secluded by the escapement, leaving the other two visible above the retainer. The home is accessed by two different doors, once of which is concealed in the black exterior of the timber facade and leads directly onto the first floor.