Kawate by Keitaro
Muto Architects


A cantilevered storey projects from the side of this house in Gifu, Japan, to create a sheltered alcove on the edge of the garden (+ slideshow).

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Keitaro Muto Architects designed the family home for a 171 square metre plot in a residential neighbourhood of the city.

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The cantilevered section is raised 1.4 metres above the ground, providing a sheltered space where the family's children can play and from which a hammock has been slung.

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A staircase leads from a paved parking area into an entrance hall in the cantilevered space, which also houses the master bedroom.

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The floating theme continues inside the house, where a staircase with horizontal wooden treads that seems to hover in mid air descends into the open-plan kitchen and living space.

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A flight of perforated metal stairs leads from the entrance to the upper storey, which houses two bedrooms, a toilet and a walk-in closet.

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The garden is visible through windows below the level of the cantilever, while a void extends the living space to the height of the second storey.

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Keitaro Muto Architects previously designed a house in Japan with outward-sloping walls covered in gravel.

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We recently published a house in Pittsburgh, USA, with a 16 metre cantilever over the roof of a glass factory, and a wooden house in Japan with a tree growing through a hole in its cantilevered top floor.

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Other Japanese houses we've featured recently include one with a floating staircase incorporating built-in wooden furniture and another shaped like a fairytale tower with five different staircases connecting its two floors.

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See more cantilevers »
See more Japanese houses »

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Photography is by Apertozero.

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Ground floor plan - click for larger image
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First floor plan - click for larger image
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  • Javier Santillana

    “The cantilevered section is raised 1.4 metres above the ground.” Just my opinion, but isn`t it too low?

    • Adhi Pratama

      Maybe 1.4 metres it’s enough for them, and they want it that way. But I agree that’s too low for an adult of course.

  • Javier Vidaurre

    One can sit in that height but must be careful when getting up.

  • Julien

    The cantilever design is not such a foreign concept in Japan, as the municipalities tax based on the foundation surface. A cantilever reduces the size of the base and the taxes paid.