In the conversations about ensuring buildings have context and also acknowledge the importance of natural light and views for adjacent housing, I have been thinking about this image of a much written about house in Tokyo that was designed by Takuro Yamamoto Architects.
It is a lovely little jewel box from the inside, but also has little context or kindness to surrounding existing development. But in denser cities should this still matter, or is it about whoever builds the last development getting the right to block views and light?
ArchDaily posts this article about this 2015 house curated by Fernanda Castro describing it as “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, we 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.”
But take a look-the house creates that “rich private external space” by basically placing a blank wall to its neighbours in the adjacent three storey multi-unit dwelling.
The views from the new house’s rooms not facing the blank walls seem more contextual.
But wait! It’s not about the context, it’s about the interiors.
As Arch Daily writes “As you have already seen, Little House with a Big Terrace creates comfortable internal spaces by connecting them to the unlimited extension of external space. The most effective way to achieve real spaciousness of urban houses in high density residential area is to incorporate unlimited external spaces into design.
Does that need to mean blank walls? You can take a look at more images of the house and its situation in the YouTube video below.