Unique Homes in Japan: 2.7 Meter Wide, 27 Meter Long House

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 architects had to work with an extremely long and narrow building site that was only 4 meters wide and 35 meters deep. Photo: Dezeen

The architects had to work with an extremely long and narrow building site that was only 4 meters wide and 35 meters deep. Photo: Takumi Ota via Dezeen

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.

Living, dining, kitchen area on the ground floor. Photo: Takumi Ota via Dezeen

Living, dining, kitchen area on the ground floor. Photo: Takumi Ota via Dezeen

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.

Back stairs in the Promenade House. Photo: Takumi Ota

Back stairs in the Promenade House. Photo: Takumi Ota

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.

The second floor corridor is cordoned off with silver curtains from the rooms. Photo: Takumi Ota

The second floor corridor is cordoned off with silver curtains from the rooms. Photo: Takumi Ota

Bathroom in the Promenade House is on the second floor. Photo: Takumi Ota

Bathroom in the Promenade House is on the second floor. Photo: Takumi Ota

Green walls are used at both ends of the building, to provide more “impressive of length” says the architect.

Green walls at the ends of the building are meant to extend the length of the space even further. Photo:

Green walls at the ends of the building are meant to extend the length of the space even further. Photo:  Takumi Ota via Dezeen

Promenade House site area. Image via Dezeen

Promenade House site area. Image via Dezeen

Construction Year: 2013
Site Area: 166,08 sqm
Floor Area: 124,3 sqm

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