adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka

a compact family home in osaka, japan

 

On the outskirts of Senri New Town in Osaka, Japan, a pitch roof-topped house redefines compact living within the constraints of modern urban planning. Designed by Japanese firm ninkipen! to sit on a small corner lot, this detached two-story home accommodates a family of five – comprising a couple and their three young children.

 

Within, the plan is adaptable to optimize space and anticipate the evolving needs of the growing family, clad in wood to evoke a warm ambiance. Externally, the design maximizes the allowable volume on a limited site by adhering to setback distances and diagonal road lines, creating a monolithic structure wrapped with several protruding elements and accents of greenery.

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
all images by Hiroki Kawata

 

 

ninkipen! optimizes space and light

 

The house is designed as a welcoming presence in the neighborhood free from new town regulations, densely built with many independent shops and housing complexes. Across the space, the design concept prioritizes natural light and privacy. ninkipen! has elevated the living room to the second floor, orienting it southwest to capture optimal sunlight and views across the neighborhood, integrating the environment into the living space. In the evenings, the glow from the second-floor windows warmly illuminates the path from the local school, with the Kumano cedar protrusions casting a gentle, inviting aesthetic to the community.

 

The interior program is adaptable to accommodate the family’s evolving needs. The architects have divided the first floor into three rooms that can be adjusted as the children grow, while a loft serves as a playroom for now, with the potential to transform into a master bedroom in the future. Utilizing the limited space, around the living area and hallway the architects have replaced walls with fitted fixtures for discrete storage solutions.

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
ninkipen! completes a compact family home

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
located on the outskirts of Senri New Town in Osaka, Japan

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
the dining space forms the heart of the home

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
wood surfaces evoke warmth

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adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
embracing views of the neighborhood

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
fitted fixtures replace walls

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adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka
the loft, currently a playroom, can adapt into a master bedroom

adaptable living spaces accommodate growing family in ninkipen!'s compact home in osaka

 

 

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project info:

 

name: 三間一尺² 

architect: ninkipen!

location: Senri New Town, Osaka, Japan 

photography: Hiroki Kawata

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