Small House H

video interview with Kumiko Inui

This guesthouse is located on a site adjacent to an old farmhouse in Gunma prefecture. To architect Kumiko Inui, the surrounding elements were incoherent, so she sought to make the house significant internally. Ms. Inui decided to employ the X-shaped plan she had originally conceived while designing another house in Tokyo (which didn’t get built).

JA+U : Small House H by Office of Kumiko Inui © Shinkenchiku-sha

Situated in this particular site, the 6.5 meters by 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) guesthouse – in essence only four triangular rooms – frames views in different directions, so that the scenery comprises the third wall in each room.