In this installment of the unique homes series, we feature a family residence in Shiga prefecture, in western Japan, that is 27-meters (88.5-feet) long but only 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) wide.
The dwelling, named “Promenade House” was designed by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects for a young couple with a young daughter. The exterior may appear stark but the interior of the house is surprisingly open.
Most rooms open out to a corridor, making use of all available space. “As you proceed along the hallway you will see the spaces spread out, one after another,” said the architect.
A kitchen, dining area and living room occupy a single space on the ground floor, as is typical in many Japanese family homes. Windows line the edges of the floor, letting in natural light.
Steps at the back of the house lead to a raised double-height study with a large rear window and a skylight overhead. A ladder leads from the study to the floor above, but there is also a staircase at the front of the house.
The hallway on the upper floor is divided in two. Silver curtains screen off bedrooms and storage areas at one end, while the bathrooms are surrounded by turquoise walls, which are meant to give an impression of cleanliness.
Green walls are used at both ends of the building, to provide more “impressive of length” says the architect.
Construction Year: 2013
Site Area: 166,08 sqm
Floor Area: 124,3 sqm