The “House J” is a small house (100m2) situated in Yamaguchi-prefecture, Japan. This house was designed for a client in need of privacy and seclusion from the outside. The site is narrow (120m2) and is surrounded by residences.
The “House J” has three floors that are built around a small inner garden.
1st floor: dining room, kitchen, family space.
2nd floor: study, reading space.
3rd floor: bedroom.
The three floors are connected together by a roof terrace. The spaces of the house are open toward the inner garden. The inner garden is also visible from the roof terrace. The inner garden is exclusive in a narrow site but the continuity between the interior and exterior spaces increases the size of the house.Location: Yamaguchi, Japan Architect: Keiko Maita Architect Project name: House J
Area: 126.61m2 Building area: 63.15m2 Total floor area: 97.56m2 Type of construction: steel program: housing
Structural engineers: Shinichi Kiyosada Design period: oct. 2010 – nov. 2011 Construction period: dec. 2011 – jun. 2012
Photograph: Yoshiharu Matsumura