Little House with a Big Terrace" designed by Takuro Yamamoto Architects is a minimalist and innovative design that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces in the heart of Tokyo.
In the bustling urban sprawl of Tokyo, Takuro Yamamoto Architects have created a tranquil haven with their innovative design of the "Little House with a Big Terrace." This architectural gem challenges the notion of space in a densely populated city, proving that rich private external spaces can significantly enhance the quality of life within small urban homes. By focusing on the thoughtful incorporation of outdoor elements, the architects provide residents with a wealth of opportunities for fresh air, sunlight, and external activities.
The primary design feature of the Little House with a Big Terrace is the clever integration of a spacious open-air terrace, strategically placed on the second floor. This space is connected to the living room and bedroom via large windows, resulting in a seamless flow of natural light and fresh air throughout the residence. These expansive windows, while costly, were deliberately concentrated in areas that would have the most impact on the quality of the internal spaces.
The architects deftly capitalized on a rare opportunity for sunlight in Tokyo's high-density residential areas by situating the terrace above a neighboring single-story garage. This elevated position allows for an abundance of sunlight, further accentuating the airy atmosphere of the house. Privacy was also considered, with a closed wall on the eastern side of the terrace shielding the space from the prying eyes of nearby neighbors.
In order to accommodate the sizable terrace without sacrificing too much of the home's interior, the architects ingeniously incorporated an attic for storage between the first and second floors. This design choice elevates the living room and terrace, improving daylight access while still providing ample functional space.