Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read, there’s something about the imai house I find appealing.
This was the three-metre-wide plot of land available for the build.
And here’s the same plot post-construction.
The ground floor is recessed to make room for a sheltered driveway at the front, where a wall slides open to lead into a kitchen and dining room that takes up most of the ground floor.
“We adopted a way to construct a house by reinterpreting scale, natural light, and the use of each room,” said the architects.
Completed in 2013 in Okazaki, Japan, the house has an “internal courtyard” on the first floor and a small roof deck on top to add as much light as possible.
A skilful use of light and space.
For Japanese architecture on an even narrower plot, have a look at Waro Kishi’s 1992 house in Nipponbashi, downtown Osaka.
Or for a pad I’d happily move into today, Chalet C7 (from the archives).