Adorable House is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects. The house was designed for a couple and their children within a relatively small plot in an urban district of the city center. The site is surrounded by newly built apartment buildings and various types of houses mixed together. Across the street, there is a park where parents can have their children play. For this project, it was requested to build a house that incorporates both functionality and design properties even if it may be small, while maximizing the environment of the site. The space between the porch and the border of the street is used for planting to effectively display the building as well as to give a feel of linkage with the park.
A room is connected to the entrance hall to secure a smooth traffic line for residents. An opening is provided on the approach side so that one can check who comes in/out or what happens outside. The internal space on the second floor that has secured a maximum height in accordance with the roof shape is produced by light coming in from a top light and space continuity, which results from eye-conscious design. The distinctive large window facing the park is composed of a high window that introduces enough natural light, and an opening that takes in gentle light and breeze while blocking eyes from outside. he house fixture designed to be incorporated in the window frame connects the spaces, and fills the room with dignity.
Photography by Yoshihiro Asada