Micro house by Yasutaka Yoshimura
slotted between two huge windows


This tiny seaside home in Kanagawa by Japanese office Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects is contained within little more than a pair of oversized windows raised up on stilts (+ slideshow).

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Yasutaka Yoshimura designed the small building as a weekend house for a single resident and positioned it on a site measuring just three by eight metres on the edge of Sagami Bay.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Named Window House, the residence holds all its living spaces in the narrow gap between two framed windows, which offer views west towards the distant Mount Fuji from both inside the house and behind it.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

"It seemed too difficult to avoid blocking the view of the neighbourhood behind. So I designed a large opening of the same size as the sea side on the road side in order to keep the view passing through the building in the absence of the owner," said Yoshimura.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

"It stands between land and sea and became a house as a window to see through," he added.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

The house is raised off the ground on concrete pilotis to protect it from high tides. This creates a sheltered patio underneath with a view of the shoreline.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Concrete blocks with triangular profiles lead up into the house, arriving at a dining room and kitchen on the first floor. An indoor staircase ascends to a living room and then on to a tiny bedroom.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

There's also a small storage loft slotted beneath a floor, which can be accessed using a ladder that is fixed in a vertical position.

Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Floor plans - click for larger image
Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Sections - click for larger image
Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
East and north elevations - click for larger image
Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
South and west elevations - click for larger image
  • eman

    I can see some of these images appear on “unhappy hipster”.

  • I’d live there in a heartbeat.

  • baj

    Part of the view? Framing the view? Obstructing the view? Probably more of the latter than the architect admits.

    • smack

      Well yeah it Is a house, so it’s not invisible. But they are being intentionally generous with allowing views through the house considering the location.

  • Rae Claire

    The idea that this does anything other than obstruct the view is ridiculous.

  • Vigarano

    I live not far from here and there are a handful of these “recreational fishermen’s crash pads” in the area. I wonder what the regulations are about erecting what is essentially a residence in a car parking space.

    Or perhaps there’s no plumbing and the owner uses the facilities of a nearby convenience store (in Japan there is always a nearby convenience store) and if there’s no plumbing the house is not technically a residence. Typically cute but a ludicrous Japanese micro-house.

    • Scorpioe

      The kitchen-dinning, toilet and shower room are all on the 2nd floor. But there is no storage space in this tiny house.

  • calle wirsch

    The neighbours opposite the road will hate it. They ever thought to have unobstructed view.

    • BongCastaneda

      In America probably, but in other countries, as long as other people legally own the land that is in your line of view from your house, they can legally and rightfully put up a house that blocks “your” view. They have more rights than you and if you dont like it, buy property that is right next to the view you want.

  • thrush

    How is it that the people on this website manage to be so critical and negative of everything they see? It’s utterly ridiculous. You seem to need everything to be so utilitarian that it hurts. You can’t seem to appreciate creativity or true innovation.

    That’s why some of our world has become the stagnant hellhole that it is today. I’m not saying that criticism isn’t necessary or helpful. True, this design may not have been executed perfectly, plumbing and all, but we should appreciate this house for what it is – a unique and interesting new architectural work that has a great deal of potential.

  • Peter Farman

    Completely agree!

  • Dragica Petrović

    Bravo Yasutaka Yoshimura ~ <3 ~ :D

  • Julien

    Any idea about the cost of such a project? Thank you.