Japanese firm Mount Fuji Architects Studio have squeezed a narrow gate house between two existing Tokyo residences, leading to a main house on the L-shaped site behind.
The gate house (above) faces onto the road, separated from the main house at the back of the site (below) by a small courtyard.
Both parts of Narrow House are two-storey wood frame structures.
The gate house (above) has walls lined with bookshelves and a ladder connecting the two floors.
The main house has a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor with the kitchen and living space on the first.
All photographs are by Shigeo Ogawa.
Here’s some more from the architects:
Near House has two buildings in a site.
Both buildings are very small, therefore we find a big potential.
It is not as large as the houses and not as small as the furniture.
This project has “unique near distance”.
Principal use：private residence
Total floor area：75.30m2
Design：2008.9 – 2009.4 construction：2009.7 – 2010.2