This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Osaka, Japan was built on a very narrow lot in a core urban rowhouse neighborhood. Its unassuming and slightly austere concrete form belies a poetically composed interior, emphasizing functionality and privacy.
Measuring a mere 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) wide and 42 feet (12.8 meters) long, this house provides about 700 square feet (65 square meters) of living space on a 615-square-foot (57-square-meter) lot.
Only the living room is connected to the public street, by way of an inset stoop. A central courtyard is at the heart of this house, buffering the other spaces from the outside world, while providing all with access to light and air. In addition to living room and courtyard, the ground floor contains all the service spaces (kitchen/ dining room and bathroom), which are clustered in the rear one-third of the house.
A narrow stair and bridge lead to the upstairs bedroom and study, which lie on either side of the courtyard.
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