At first glance, this curious structure might appear like a giant white box, but upon closer inspection, it’s actually a modern, space-efficient home with a roomy terrace.
Called ‘Little House with a Big Terrace’, the home was designed by architect Takura Yamamoto. It features three floors of absolute privacy; its windows located on one side not facing the street.
So how does the house ‘breathe’ with a setup like this? As the name implies, a big terrace serves as the main design element.
The first floor includes a bedroom, bathroom, and garage that uses the terrace as its roof. On the second floor is the kitchen and living room, as well as the outdoor space its residents use for yoga. Floor-to-ceiling glazing gives ample lighting and ventilation all the way up to the third floor, where the master bedroom is located.
‘Considering that the client’s original request was having a big terrace for doing yoga freely under the sun, connecting the terrace to the living room and the bedroom with big windows was the best way to offer fresh air and daylight to the internal spaces – like having respiratory organ to let the house breath’, Yamamoto said.
And to maximise space, the architect used the stairs as a hidden storage area. The entire structure is a clever way of achieving larger living spaces in cramped, high-density neighborhoods like this one in Tokyo.
Find out more about Takura Yamamoto and his work here.