A house for cramped places

by Mark in Architecture, Decorating

House for cramped places - exterior

Do you like gifts? Who doesn't? If you particularly enjoy unpacking gifts put into increasingly smaller boxes, then you will must definitely appreciate the house we are about to show you.

It's about a project of EANA for a house built in a cramped residential area, which led to a series of restrictions.

Due to the fact that the access to the public road was made through a long, but a 2-m wide alley, the owners wanted a solution which allowed the car to turn. This was made possible by creating a small inner courtyard in the main facade.

House for cramped places - plan

As a result, if we are used to having the entrance through an external wall, in this case the entrance was placed exactly in the middle of the house!

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Starting from this small inner courtyard, and from the owners' demand to have a lounge area as spacious as possible uninterrupted by walls or support pillars, the architects came up with an unconventional solution: structuring the house into three cubes of different sizes put one inside the other.

House for cramped places - plan

As a result, there is a spacious lounge area on the last floor, with light coming from the inner courtyard through the walls and floor that were made partially of glass.

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Moreover, these inner glass walls play an important role in illuminating the rest of the places.

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They dropped the idea of making huge windows on the facade, due to the fact that it wouldn't have offered privacy or a great view because of the cramped area in which the house was built.

House for cramped places

Instead, the inner courtyard was arranged with elements of a traditional Japanese garden, which gives away the feeling of space by uniting the inside with the outside of the house.

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Architect: EANA

Structural: Kenji Nawa

Builder: Eiko Kensetsu

Photo: Koichi Torimura

Location: Yokohama, Japan

Site Area: 175.10 sqm

Area: 77.80 sqm

Total Foor Area: 142.60 sqm

Construction Year: 2012