This small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot.
Located in the Sumida ward of Tokyo, this three-storey house sits on a 89 square metre plot surrounded by concrete walls of neighbours on three sides. In order to balance the need for privacy and to fulfil the owner's wish to have an open courtyard, the architect installed floor-to-ceiling windows with one-way mirror glass on the street facing facade and a void on one side of the building which provides a sheltered courtyard on the first floor and lets in plenty of light to the floor above. The first floor is light and airy with a double-height living space and a more intimate dining area with wood-panelled floors, ceilings and cabinets. We particularly like the freestanding metal staircase with open steps, which adds an extra touch of lightness and drama.
This is an excellent example of how a slick and minimalist design scheme can bring light and serenity to soothe even the most hectic urban life.
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