A House in Showa-cho by Shintaro Fujiwara

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House by Shintaro Fujiwara

A central staircase rises through split levels in this narrow house in Osaka by Japanese architect Shintaro Fujiwara.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

Located in the residential Showa-cho area of the city, the project aims to create a spacious atmosphere by leaving gaps between each floor and maintaining sight lines from front to back.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

The street outside is visible from all levels through a glazed facade, while a tree planted in front of the property will grow to provide increasing privacy.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

Here's some more information from Fujiwara:


A House in Showa-cho

Showa-cho is a quiet place even though it is downtown. There are many people residency from a long time ago. The design of the residence has a narrow frontage, which is a part of a row house (17.89m ×3.94m).

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

The design of the residence is that the street in front of the house could be a part of scenery rather than to be closed towards the street.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

A big problem in the progress of the planning was that it could take only less than 3 meters for effective flange width inside when it was built in such a long narrow lot.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

According to this condition, it was studied many times on how it could have an expansive feeling and continuity from the street side to the end of the back of the house.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

The main solution was to use cross section construction.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

From the south side that faces the street, a tree (Ternstroemia gymnanthera) was planted.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

The living room has 5.6m of ceiling height”, “stairwell and stairs spaces”, “4 layers of construction from basement to 3rd floor each rooms”, “a small outside stairwell”. Each floor is not piled up, but adopted the skip floor method, which made a gap.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

This method made it possible to see the outside street from the back rooms so, that it could be unified with outside of the house and create a larger atmosphere.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

Despite the stairs being in the center of the house it is not blocking the view of outside. Glass was used for every partition wall. Slits were also made on the floors and ceilings. From these effects, the house can be unified with the outside and therefore create a larger atmosphere within the house.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

In general, when constructing on a small plot of land, planning tends to take on the idea of making the property spacious, but keeping privacy inside within the property. In such a case, the façade would normally be built with a wall, but then it would create an enclosed and pressured atmosphere.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

Since the Showa-cho property is a small plot of land, the house was constructed with a courtyard to follow the building coverage ratio by using almost all of ratio.

House by Shintaro Fujiwara

In this case, the house in Showa-cho, deliberately included the city side to scenery and made façade by planting a tree in the space in front of the house that made it could be seen inside of the house, too.


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  • Johan

    My Kind Of House

  • Sumit Kumath

    Best one can do with so many parameters and constraints.

  • pero

    japanese are so sick! have to ge there someday, love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000846182818 Zafar Dadayev

    when like this projects will start building i my country? i bored !!!! HI-Tech!!!

  • Kaptain krunch

    absolutely gorgeous, it's a crying shame that this sort of innovation and thought isn't put into all the 'standard' mass-built housing.

  • edward

    Very smart townhouse for a sophisticated couple. Would love to live there.

  • http://www.jmyersandassociates.com/ Interior DePortland

    Hello, i just want to say that its really amazing . and looks really attractive. thank you for sharing this.

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    damn. i want to marry this house.

  • xtianizm

    fits in our country

  • http://twitter.com/andrefillipe @andrefillipe

    I like it. What bothers me is that the byproduct of the solution (floors with gaps and slits) are the two huge walls on the sides that appear to be crunching the house in between. If the owners are okay with that

  • http://www.buffindustrialdesign.co.uk Lloyd Pennington

    As with any piece of design, be that architecture, industrial design, consumer product design, graphic design or website design, the real beauty lies in the well excecuted solutions to design problems, exquisite details, simplicity and prudent use of colour and texture. This looks like it tick all the right boxes. I love it. Not quite so sure I would actually want to live there though (In Japan, yes, but not nessesarily that particular house). I suppose therein lies the contradictory nature of design. It aims to please but is inevitably flawed. Perhaps I'm agreeing with Albert. Perhaps it lacks that little touch of wabi sabi?

  • arc

    is it possible to keep is so clean??!!

  • http://www.archeffectdesign.com Lilliana Castro

    I really love the horizontal planes and the way light affects the space. Great work!!! Keep it rocking

  • arzu cilasun

    it looks very elegant and attractive but we should also consider heating-cooling- and lighting problems. having a 3 stored transparent facade might cause overheating because of greenhouse effect. And plus the living room is so narrow but still very long in height, that seems like a proportion problem to me. It looks great in pics but i would not prefer to live in a house like this.

  • Fizz

    Just think – with all that running up and down stairs just to be able to actually live there on a daily basis, you won't have to renew that expensive subscription to the gym ever again! (Or for that matter, not even need to pop out for a jog). Seriously, and in conjunction with other comments here, a laudable design solution does not necessarily mean success when it comes to accommodating that elusive Human factor.

  • lwdewhirst

    Hello, I live in the stair well.

  • alf

    i guess they've done a lot with the space, considering how small it is.

    does this architect mostly do shop fit-outs tho? cos the finishes chosen look suitable for a commercial or office building but bizarre to see them in a house.

  • Behdad

    This project follows from its context.

  • Peter

    Very impressive: how to make the most of space out of a small plot. It would be perfect with a sun-shading design too… summers in Japan are horrible-!

  • ck.

    guess when one's at home in such small space, privacy between family members isnt needed.

    in terms of privacy from the outside, if you look carefully at the double height window is receded in, thus less visible from angles except from when one is directly in front of the house.

    In term of coziness, are you kidding me? the house is super cozy! you are linked to all the individual rooms/spaces in the house at all times! its so transparent and airy and light, you couldnt get more cozy than that!

    I would say its for 1-2 person space, not more. kids will be rebellious, so they will move out when the time comes. =p