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.