Takanawa

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

The 199.4 m2 (2,146.2 ft2), three-story house is located in an elevated residential area in Tokyo. The facade contains minimal openings, in order to avoid overlooking its neighbors.

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Hiroyuki Ito

Second floor plan courtesy of architect

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

The central staircase landings that connect the two halves are actually bridged by concrete cantilevering floors, which barely touch. The same gap in the roof forms a thin skylight permitting a sliver of sunlight to help illuminate the circulation space below.

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Hiroyuki Ito

Section courtesy of architect

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

There is a courtyard and a terrace within in each side of the house. The rooms face into these different open spaces, so the residents can receive natural light throughout the home all day.

JA+U : Takanawa by Hiroyuki Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

Interior walls of the living quarters are painted white to contrast with the rough-hewn texture of the exposed timber-shuttered concrete in the central hall and staircase.

Hiroyuki Ito is a Tokyo-based architect and an associate of the architectural team O. F. D. A. Associates along with Taku Sakaushi and Chika Kijima.