Name: House in Utsunomiya2
Designer: Soeda and Architects
Location: Tochigi, Japan
House in Utsunomiya2 is a minimalist house located in Tochigi, Japan, designed by Soeda and Architects. Upon designing this house, the architects were asked to design within a very limited budget as well as fulfilling the following specific requests from the client: double-height living room with sufficient natural light to be placed at the center of the house, three private rooms, and a large terrace. The site is located in the suburb of a provincial city, along a bus route linked to/from the city center.
The client’s property is a middle portion of a large land that is divided into three narrow and long lots oriented at a slightly rotated angle from east-west direction. Properties on both sides are still vacant, but naturally expected to be developed within the near future. Considering the narrow and long shape of the site, with a width of only 7.5 meters, it is concerning that if a building is constructed on the adjacent site on the south, this building would have problems with natural lighting and also privacy.