The house is located on a corner plot on a gentle hill in Kanagawa Prefecture. The client – a software engineer, passionate about (as the name F3 suggests) cars – simply requested two things to Kitayama: one was a space to park, work on his two cars, and feel their presence every moment when at home. The other is that he can cook for and entertain his friends.
The house contains a garage, two outer rooms, and two inner rooms. The glazed outer shell of the house is supported by a steel framing system and finished with glass panels used for greenhouses. A long white box -reminiscent of shipping container - penetrates the glass volume.
At street level there is a spacious garage and a compact toilet hidden behind the concrete wall at the rear of the house.
The expanded metal floor grating supports one of the outer rooms.
Spartan living areas – a kitchen and a bathroom – are contained within the white box.
The wall of the white box can be sealed with special insulated shoji - sliding paper screens.
Atop the white box is another outer room. The ridge of the glass roof hinges upward to ventilate the warm air.
The house is composed with simple forms and elements, responding to the client’s willingness to think and live freely.