House in Motoyawata by Naya Architects
This house by Japanese firm Naya Architects is so closely surrounded by apartment blocks that its walls have to lean away from them.
Named House in Motoyawata, the building has double doors inset on a small first floor terrace to let more light past the neighbouring block and into the living room.
Wooden ceiling beams are left exposed inside the house, while a spiral staircase connects the two storeys.
Providing a home for a family of four, the house is located on the outskirts of Tokyo and has bedrooms on its ground floor and an open-plan living room upstairs.
Other Japanese houses on Dezeen this week include two homes tangled around each other and a house with a terrace climbing over its roof.
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Photography is by Makoto Yoshida.
Here's a few extra details from Naya Architects:
House in Motoyawata
Design to completion: October 2010-March 2011
Location: Ichikawa-Shi, CHIBA
Primary usage: Residence
Structure: wooden construction, two stories above ground
Family structure: Couple with children
Site area: 75.10 m2
Building area: 33.12 m2
Total floor space: 59.62m2
Architect: Naya Architects
2.Bathroom & Washroom
5.Living room & Dining room & Kitchen