With a footprint of just 64 square meters, this freshly renovated home in a residential area outside of Tokyo received an extraordinary makeover from Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Known for naming his houses in accordance with the English alphabet, the Japanese designer turns blank spaces into contemporary works of art. This is particularly true of House H, which was originally built in the 1960s. Hit the jump to learn how Shinozaki executed this fantastic renovation and browse our gallery of gorgeous images by Fumihiko Ikemoto.
In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From these beams he hung six floating floorboards that create a haphazard series of mezzanines and loft floors that can be reached by ladder or else wise. In so doing, he established spatial variety without cluttering the limited space.
Constructed with a light timber, the home is also a model of illuminating city homes without undue mechanical assistance. Irregular cutouts in the facade not only give the home an intriguing and modern aesthetic but also allow daylight to penetrate the interior without compromising the family’s privacy. It’s a beautiful home to be sure that boasts an elegant Japanese minimalism, though we must mention how Fumihiko Ikemoto’s breathtaking photography expertly illustrates the home’s finest qualities.