Designed by Japanese architect Kenji Ido for a family of four with two children, this newly built home in the Tamatsu area of Osaka, Japan, is the ultimate example of maximising every square inch of space having been built on a small plot of land just 42.21 square metres in size. With the surrounding buildings used for a mix of industrial, commercial and residential needs, the white box like looking exterior of Ido’s designed home stands out in the neighbourhood for its clean, sharp modern lines.
The former house which stood at this site was a wooden two-story home surrounded by buildings that prevented any natural light entering the house. Ido was given a brief that required him to design large living spaces without pillars or load bearing walls to allow for as much natural light as possible to seep through the home.
The building was pushed to the land boundaries at either side due to the sites narrow constraints, with the master bedroom and wet areas located on the ground floor, the family living areas on the first floor, and the children’s bedrooms positioned on the second floor and leading up to the terrace on the roof.
Structural constraints led to the first floor internal walls designed to sit at a 14 degree axis to the exterior of the building, effectively creating a space between the rotated interior wall and the outer exterior wall to became a void with a skylight installed to allow for much needed natural light to flow through.
In rotating the axis of the second floor, the room’s interior layout in a sense resembles origami folding in on itself, creating both a visual and physical effect to the room as box shaped cantilevered stairs appear to float in the void. With a total floor area of 94.46 square metres, it’s fair to say that Ido has mastered the art of manipulating space and fine-tuned origami style construction.
PHOTOGRAPHY Yohei Sasakura