Kazuyo Sejima, currently SANAA has designed an minimalist apartment building in Okurayama, Japan near the station consisting of 9 dwelling units, each about 50 smq.
Rather than build as many units as possible given the site area, architects aimed to produce spaces and an atmosphere that people can enjoy living and spending lots of time in. They conceived of the building as bright, layered stacked housing with an enjoyable garden. Courtyard gardens are created such that they open up to the outside of the site from the rectangular shaped three-storied volume that occupies almost all of the site. In this way each garden and room opens toward outside environment while maintaining privacy. The plan has gardens cut through a rectilinear plan making it a continuous strip-shape.