This house in the suburbs of Tokyo is surrounded by natural elements like vegetable fields and flower gardens. It is designed to be as small as possible based on 2 ideas; how to create different kinds of spatial quality, and how to attend to the immediate natural context. The square plan is divided into 4 different rooms by the de-centralized cross.
Each room, facing east, west, south, and north, has a varied surface area, ceiling height, and finishing material. Thus, there is a dramatic transition from any room to the next to realize a variety of spatial scales and light conditions in a relatively small volume of the house.
The pointed roof is slightly shifted from the center, reflected in the planning.
This engenders diverse visual impacts from different angles to break a monotonous appearance in the open field. The exterior is clad by the earth-colored metal on the walls as well as on the roof to easily blend with the surrounding landscape.Photography: Kai Nakamura.