Japanese firm Fujiwarramuro Architects' Nada House is a narrow and minimalist home sandwiched between two buildings in downtown Kobe. Squeezed onto a small 397 square-foot lot, the skinny three-story multi-family home builds up to make the most of its tiny urban footprint. To maximize the amount of natural light in the house, the architects created an innovative series of slatted openings to allow a column of light to pass through from the roof skylights to the first floor.
Clad in timber, Fujiwarramuro Architects‘ skinny house rises high above its neighbors in the residential area of the crowded Nada district. The front door is recessed within the large garage opening that takes up the front half of the building. The communal spaces including the living room, dining room and kitchen, are located on the second floor, while the kid’s bedroom and master bedroom are situated one floor above. A ladder provides access to the roof from a loft space in the master bedroom.
A column of light filters through the center of the house, passing through slatted openings carved into the floors and furniture. The white walls, tall ceilings, and large gaps successfully create an illusion of space in the narrow house. A simple color palette of wood and white complete the minimalist and contemporary appearance. Stairs are located at the rear of the house.
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