When houses are so small and built so close to each other as in Tokyo, windows lose their function of a visual opening to the outside world. They are mostly kept closed and covered by curtains.

Even though this house sits on a very jammed building site, we wanted the house to feel lofty and light. Placing the bedrooms on ground floor level and the living area on the first floor made privacy less of an issue. Upstairs windows are strategically positioned so that a patchwork is formed by neighbouring walls, another neighbour’s garden and a lot of sky. Once inside, this house feels like a holiday house in the open.


House in Musashi Koganei, Tokyo




Norio Seta & Naoki Hamanaka