Experimenting with small-space management, Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates gave the tiny Unuo House in Japan a tall and narrow entrance that gradually slopes down to a wide and flat single story. The soaring double-story entrance frames the eastern perspective and then steps down to the home's horizontal wing, which features floor to ceiling glass doors that open out to the west.
Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition to the home’s triangular shape that progresses from a tall and vertical space to a low, horizontal one, the designers broke up the interior sameness with a series of timber frames that are like doors that neither open nor close.
With help from the western windows, rooftop cutouts bring plenty of natural light into the interior, which is defined by a complex geometry of simple furnishings. The exterior is clad in timber boards and painted with black oil, giving the home a bold presence in a rather unremarkable landscape. Located on a 466 square meter plot, Unuo boasts a negligible footprint of just 74.52 square meters.