Kazuya Saito Architects designed this wood-framed house on a narrow site in Tokyo, Japan. Called House Shimouma, is a three-storey residential building on a narrow 4m x 11m lot. The interior has exposed beams, and bespoke wooden furniture and staircases.
The clients are a working mother and her son who has many things to store. The surrounding environment has different personalities, increasing in many aspects, so we decided to continue with this guide elements. They needed a secure parking and wanted a defined number of rooms so automatically the house became a three-storey building. We used wooden structure and dark brown wood for the exterior, as we were limited with a very tight budget. Rooms are situated on the first and third floor, the middle one was left as one big space, and we designed a terrace in the roof, as the narrow site didn’t allowed us to have a courtyard on the ground floor.
Photos: Sadao Hotta