House in Mitaka by Hidetaka Shirako and OUVI



Japanese architects Hidetaka Shirako and Shin Yokoo of OUVI have completed a low, gabled house in Tokyo, Japan.


The house is mostly on one level and was designed for a couple living with one partner's elderly mother, a wheelchair user.


Sliding doors between rooms retract into the walls.


These openings align with windows in each end, creating a clear view through the length of the building when open.


See Andon house by OUVI and Grasses in our previous story.


Photographs are by Hiroshi Ueda.


Here's some text from Shin Yokoo


This is a two-family house, in which a couple and their elderly mother in a wheelchair live, located in the residential area a little far from Mitaka station.


From the beginning of this project, we would like to create the space where the residence live comfortably with moderate distance from each other.The outward appearance of this house is the low eaves, and a bulky one-storied house, whose gable roof stretched upward, as it is drawn by a tall apartment standing next to the house. In addition, we put as much flat floor as possible in this site.


In the large one-room space arranged like that, we set up a column for supporting its roof and two wind-resistant knees, crossed each other, like a trunk of a tree. We call it "Knee Brace". From this, we divided each room equally by putting wall in a grid form. Each room is independent but also connects to all directions by putting doors on one side closing to another room, and putting windows on the side closing outside.


If all the doors are opened by put them into the walls, openings last long and residents feel the depth of the room is extended, as if the situation when two mirrors are put in face to face.


It is a moment that a diagram of one-room which divided in equal space, this shift to expanded space that can be seen various scenes of life.


Project name : House in Mitaka
Location : Tokyo, Japan

Hidetaka Shirako

Shin Yokoo


Posted on Monday August 10th 2009 at 12:03 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • booh

    who designed the chairs in the living room- and the coffee table too? those are absolutely beautiful and don’t the typical choice for architects. Everyone seems to go with harry bertoia these days it’s nice to see a Knoll here an there.

  • open concept with sliding doors and much natural light from the windows in the roof … this is great – like it!

  • Jeff Richards

    Wow, absolutely beautiful. Simple, yet elegant and hella practical considering the residence.

  • elegant, quite and comfortable look… and simple. good job

  • Peter Ernst

    What is the exterior material? Looks like custom aluminum or stainless steel roofing panels carried onto the walls.

  • mcmlxix

    It’s spacious and has discreetly placed toilettes. Are you sure this is in Japan?

    There’s a study on the ground floor. What is the loft space used for?

    Interior = muted earth tones minimalism = refined yet homey.

    Exterior = grey, exposed, and lacking in vegetation = dystopian.

  • koikoi

    The furniture looks like it was made by the company Karimoku.

  • david knapp

    I’m not an architect, but I love this.