This daylit house and office space in Tokyo was designed as three attached volumes that can be shrunken down in case the owners had to give up part of the lot due to the city's road-building plans. Architecture studio Starpilots designed the building, named Housecut, in a way that would allow the family, who had been running a funeral company for years, to adjust to potential changes and provide them with both a living area and an office space.
The three similar forms clad in shingles that make up the structure are based on the traditional pitched roof house, with cut outs that allow natural light to reach the interior spaces, including the central area that includes the entrance. While the facade of the two lateral volumes were envisioned as opaque surfaces punctured with small openings, the central space sports a completely transparent street facade and includes a large street-facing terrace.
The home was built on a lot that is next to a city road that is currently under review for expansion. If the road is expanded, one-third of the structure can be chopped off. The interior spaces are bathed in natural light, thanks to the internal courtyard that acts as a a skylight and several randomly placed smaller openings, many of which are not visible from the street. Wood flooring and details add to the warmth of the space, while the white walls and high ceilings provide an effect of spaciousness.
Photos by Satoshi Asakawa