Previously, we had a tryst with what is touted as Tokyo’s skinniest home flaunting its 5-ft width. Well, this time around, slimness is complemented by an arguably better architectural form – with Mizuishi Architect Atelier’s super-thin housing specimen constructed within a triangular plot (in west Tokyo) of just 560 sq ft area. The impressive end-result pertains to a vanilla-white hued Horinouchi House with a pitched roof and upper floor flaunting their wholesome chocolate tinted panels.
Mirroring the triangular shape of the plot, the front end of the slim dwelling slightly tapers, thus accounting for a roughly three-angled layout. This spatially efficient scope is perfectly tailored to the limited space available in Japan, mostly due to the island nation’s burgeoning population density. However, in spite of the presumed reduced volume, the interior of the Horinouchi House is quite spacious enough for conventional user circulation.
This ambit of usage pattern encompasses an arrangement of private spaces, like a master bedroom and bathroom, in the lower ground level. On the other hand, the top heavy upper level with its steel-clad bearing, accounts for the ‘communal’ living space and a kitchen unit, and the entire floor is connected to a mezzanine loft. The voluminous capacity of these interior zones is complemented by an array of windows on all sides of the residence (including one at the tapering end). These conventional openings are accompanied by the skylights along the pitched roof – which does aid in accentuating the degree of natural light being inducted during the day time.