Japanese architect Makiko Tsukada just unveiled his cave-like house in Yokohama. The unusual home is clad in dark steel and timber and toped with a green roof. Named Grass Cave House, the building looks like an oddity among the outward-oriented residences in its adjacency. It looks like the perfect sanctuary for an urban hermit.
The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot’s potential. One of the building’s floating green-roofs slopes down toward the street, while the other one directs the line of sight to trees in the adjacent park.
The ground floor houses a bathroom and sleeping area, utilizing spaces that suffer from a shortage of natural lighting. Upper open-plan spaces are reserved for the kitchen, dining area and living room. The entire interior is clad in dark timber and a stair connects the two floors and leads up to the roof. Although located on a small piece of land, the building has a terrace and a garden.