Designed by Go Hasegawa, the House in Gotanda challenges the limitations of a corner lot measuring just 46 square meters.
Dividing the building into two volumes - a three-story south wing and a four-story north wing - Hasegawa created a 1.2-meter-wide space in between. This narrow space serves as both the entry hall and stairwell, made bright and airy with a glass roof that lets in natural light and cool breezes.
What makes this house unique is its fluidity, with a spiral staircase that allows residents to experience views of the city and house interior as they move from one room to the next. From the south wing room, one can admire the cityscape before stepping out into the exterior space shared with the neighboring house. Next is the north wing room, followed by the hall, and so on. This interplay between interior and exterior creates a dynamic living experience that blurs the boundaries between the house and the city. The House in Gotanda is a testament to Hasegawa's ingenuity in creating a space that maximizes a small footprint without sacrificing functionality or aesthetics.
In a city where space is at a premium, the House in Gotanda is a refreshing departure from the norm. Hasegawa's clever use of space, light, and materials showcases how architecture can transform a small, chaotic corner lot into a harmonious living space.