The ophthalmologist couple purchased this narrow, but deep, parcel of land in a quiet neighborhood to build a house where they could enjoy their hobby of listening to the music. On the basement level, the courtyard and double-pane glazing provide sound-buffer for this RC-structure studio which is insulated on the exterior. Natural light enters the studio through the courtyard and makes the space exceptionally inhabitable as a basement.

The balcony extends from the building and acts as the canopy over the garage with pilotis and entrance. The horizontal wooden slats are used as balcony balustrade to block the view from the street while allowing the air to breeze through. The randomly sized wooden pieces give the facade distinctive appearance. The ground floor contains private rooms such as master bedroom and children’s bedrooms. The second floor, on the other hand, is intended as family room. The generously-sized gabled-roof space has two courtyards which accentuate the floor plan with their curves. Through the clerestory windows, the outside scenery and natural light enter the space.

The wet area is separated from the living room by the tiled wall with its upper part glazed. The same wooden panel of the living room ceiling is used in the wet area to create the appearance of a continuous space. When viewed from inside, the horizontal wooden louver also accentuates the interior space while securing the privacy. By using only the simple finishing material on the interior, the space has the austere and coordinated feel. Furthermore, the combination of concrete and wood, as well as the gabled roof motif add warmth to the room’s ambience. This design technique allows the occupants to forget that they are in a dense residential district. It is one of the most popular solutions in the urban setting.


  • Location Suginami ward Tokyo
    Completion 2012.12
    Lot area 122.26㎡
    Building area 61.12㎡
    B1F floor area 36.94㎡
    1F floor area 55.87㎡
    2F floor area 61.12㎡
    Total floor area 153.93㎡
    Structure RC
    Scale B1F+2F
    Typology Private housing
    Family structure A couple+2 child
    Structure engineers Masaki Structure
    Kenta Masaki
    Facility engineers Shimada Architects
    Zenei Shimada
    Construction Maekawa Construction
    Photographer Masao Nishikawa
  • 所在地 東京都杉並区
    竣工 2012年12月
    敷地面積 122.26㎡(36.98坪)
    建築面積 61.12㎡(18.48坪)
    B1F床面積 36.94㎡(11.17坪)
    1F床面積 55.87㎡(16.90坪)
    2F床面積 61.12㎡(18.48坪)
    延床面積 153.93㎡(46.56坪)
    構造 鉄筋コンクリート造
    規模 地下1階地上2階建
    用途 専用住宅
    家族構成 夫婦+子供2人
    構造設計 正木構造研究所
    設備設計 シマダ設計
    施工 前川建設
    建築写真 西川公朗
    プロデュース ザ.ハウス