Fujimino House“space,light,shadow” created by “carving out”
Aside from fields on the northern side, this lot in a residential district on the outskirts of Tokyo is surrounded by closely packed houses. In order to attain the floor space that the client requested, it was necessary to design a planar structure that completely filled the area allowed by building-to-land ratio laws. The frame maximizes the air volume while staying within height regulations. The architects then subtracted from the volume by carving out an entryway porch and second-floor balcony so as not to exceed further regulations that limit floor-area-to-lot ratios. They then added windows to these carved-out spaces, creating a diversity of spaces filled with light and shadow. The approach brings light and air into the house while screening visibility from surrounding homes.
CONFORT 10.2012, Kenchiku Chishiki Dec 2013, and many others