Little House with a Big Terrace

Little House with a Big Terrace is a beautiful dwelling with natural simplicity, located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Takuro Yamamoto Architects.
This project a lucid example of having large external space in small urban residence with limited site area of Tokyo. Through the process of designing this house, architects tried to prove that having rich private external space was important for making crucial difference in the quality of life inside the house, as well as obtaining various possibilities of external activity.
The first thing was having an open-air space next to the main part of the residence, and connecting them with big opening of windows. Big Windows, which are necessary for making internal spaces spacious, well-lighted and airy, are one of the most costly parts of buildings, so architects concentrated them to selected places, effective for improving the quality of internal spaces. Considering that the client couple’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 breathe.
The second floor level of the eastern half of the site was chosen as private open-air space, because that place was facing to the rooftop of the single story garage of a neighboring house on the south. Thanks to the lower height of the garage, this place is exposed to the sunlight in the high density residential area, which is a relatively rare situation in Tokyo.

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