Name: House-K

Designer: K2YT

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Year: 2013

House-K is a minimalist home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by K2YT. The site is situated amidst the densely packed residential area in Tokyo. Whilst being on a south west corner of the block having frontages to two streets, the elevated railway on the north posed issues of noise and vibration. The corner location offered opportunities for capturing light and air, but the contradiction was that doing so will call for mitigation of noise.

For people seeking a detached housing, it has always been a temptation to have a private garden to come with it. Many attempts have been made to allow for a small piece of garden while extending the building coverage to the limit, but as a result, many have also ended up with curtains that are drawn all day long to shield the eyes from streets, which have become too close from the windows. Thus, rows of housings that are so unsociable become the standard city scene in the area, an obscene situation that had been thought to require taking measure for.