This narrow and long house was designed by Atelier Tekuto and is wedged between existing housing and a dirt road in Setagaya, Tokyo. Because of local building ordinances, most of the living areas are pushed below ground, where the house is free to be wider– although not very much since most of the project is still less than two meters wide. The translucent skin floods the all-white interior with daylight and turns the project into a kind of glowing wedge at night.
I have always preferred smaller living spaces, but the length of this particular small space is more challenging. People can live just about anywhere, but it’s harder to imagine folks making a home here because of the pristine white interior and lack of any reference for scale. Where is the refrigerator? Or the people? Without houseplants, rugs or art on the walls, this project looks more like the interior of a ship than a domestic interior. Living in the hull of a ship isn’t for everyone, but neither is living in a house as wide as a canoe.