Gallery: Room Room: Window-Studded Tokyo Mini Home Facilitates Communic...

 
Takeshi Hosaka Architects were tasked with improving a cramped existing house on an awkward and crowded Tokyo lot, so they pulled a bit of a magic trick by designing an even more useful and appealing home. The resulting "Room Room" house is a perforated cube full of small windows, skylights and opening between floors that provide both light and access points for the family to communicate both verbally and through sign language. The mini space still maintains privacy on the busy corner lot, but thanks to an abundance of windows and a roof deck the home avoids felling cramped.

The project is an extension of a small home that was getting very cramped housing three generations of a family. The tiny lot, lack of privacy, and narrow streets catalyzed a fresh design approach that looked inward to create social space. The simple white rectangle standing two stories tall is dotted in 200 millimeter square perforations both inside and out to create connectivity.

The windows provide the minimalist home with daylight and visual interest while maintaining privacy and allowing the children to peek out into the world. Many of the windows open to scoop up fresh air and improve connectivity to the outside. The fenestration is carried up to the roof, which is studded with square skylights and features a deck that is accessible via ladder. The blocks of light coming from above turn the upper room into an abstract space, inserting the family into a pixellated environment.

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