Adding to the Japanese movement of complexes featuring narrow houses, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi of design studio ‘Another Apartment’ has designed a house for a family of three that is as narrow as a 58 square meter plot of land in a residential area in Tokyo.
The house is no ordinary house as it has no front windows or front doors, in order to create a sense of privacy for the house owners. The steel structure is positioned on the northern edge of the plot of land, installing windows and the front door on the southern facing wall. Upon entering the narrow house, one would not expect to see a brightly lit, minimalist and clean white space. There is an elegantly simplistic spiral staircase with a handrail linking the basement to the ground floor to the upper level. On the aesthetics of the house, designer Kobayashi says, "[w]e adopted a plan to make maximum use of openings on the south face and the roof for natural illumination, ventilation and views."
Narrow No-Window Houses
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