Long Window House by Another Apartment
has no windows or doors on its front

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This narrow house in Tokyo by local studio Another Apartment has no windows or doors on its front to prevent neighbours from seeing inside.

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The house for a family of three is squeezed onto a 58 square-metre plot in a residential neighbourhood of the city.

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It is surrounded on three sides by other properties, so Tsuyoshi Kobayashi of Another Apartment positioned the building on the northern edge of the site, and located the entrance and windows on the south-facing sidewall.

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"We adopted a plan to make maximum use of openings on the south face and the roof for natural illumination, ventilation and views," explained Kobayashi.

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A spiral staircase with cantilevered treads and a minimal handrail links the ground floor with both the upper storey and a basement level designated for use as a home theatre.

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The entrance opens into the living room, which also contains the kitchen and features a full-height sliding window that can be opened out to a narrow patio.

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"The living room on the first floor is located a little higher than the ground level and has an atmosphere like a broad veranda as a whole," said the architect.

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Upstairs is a single space that can be separated into two bedrooms using sliding partitions that disappear into the wall when not required.

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On the south facade, a series of windows spans the full length of the room, while the opposite wall features built-in storage and includes a hidden sink.

Long Window House by Another Apartment<br /> has no windows or doors on its facade

Photography is by Koichi Torimura.

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Ground floor plan
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First floor plan
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Basement plan
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  • rohtmuz

    Doesn’t that rather put into question what is the front of the building? I would argue that the facade with the door is the front!

    Again, Dezeen you are making a headline out of nothing.

  • pipo

    A house with no windows on the ground floor, or just on one side of the building, and natural illumination from the roof is nothing new in Tokyo. Has been done many times already, that is not to say that this isn’t a nice house.

  • Kevin

    So they keep the facade facing the street closed ‘to prevent neighbours from seeing inside.’ As a result they have a nice overview of their neighbour’s house, especially from the bedroom!

    Besides, almost all their windows are orientated on the south with no sun shading for the bedrooms. A good way to generate hot summer nights.

    • Bruce A Johnson

      A good way to cool off after hot summer days for comfortable sleeping might be the use of those three skylights (if operable for ventilation). It also appears there is some sort of shading device (maybe just a security shutter?) above the south dining area sliding door.

      In any case, I like the creative, small solution for a tight urban infill site. The clean, simple, compact design would be replicable almost anywhere.

  • iag

    “…no windows or doors on its front to prevent neighbours from seeing inside.” The neighbours (and the rest of the world) can see the inside on here.

  • seb

    No minimum standards? Not even floor to ceiling height?!