NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house
NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house
aug 29, 2010

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house

‘kh:3’ house by NRM architects office in osaka, japan all images courtesy NRM architects office photographer: kazushi hirano

japanese firm NRM architects office (shunichiro ninomiya and tomoko morodome) has designed a two story residential house in osaka, japan. located on a corner of a dense part of the downtown area, ‘kh:3’ employs a modern street facade in varying shades and materials of grey. typical of many minimalistic japanese dwellings, the facade offers no indication of the interior conditions.

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) street facade (right) house in context

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house street facade in the evening

‘kh: 3’ extensively utilizes both natural and artificial light to create, lengthen, illuminate, and separate the interior space. an interior courtyard, which is closed off from the street by a perforated metal sheet, is treated as the main source of sunlight: the house opens up to it by utilizing floor-to-ceiling windows. too much direct lighting and overheating is prevented by the height of the courtyard walls.

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house kitchen and living area

the open kitchen and living area features a thin continuous strip of window that runs up a wall and along the length of the room. not only does this naturally illuminate the space, it also acts as a subtle dividing element to the kitchen program. a corresponding strip of artificial light runs along the floor on the opposite side of the room, which visually connects the space together. a glass wall on one end, which encases the stairway to the second level, continues the light in its reflection, resulting in a room that feels larger and elongated.

careful placement of deep, set-in roof lights create dimension and depth to the design. 

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) natural lighting (right) artificial lighting

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) interior courtyard during the day (right) interior courtyard during the evening

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) during day time (right) during the evening

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) exterior courtyard staircase (right) second level railings

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) looking out in to the courtyard (right) detail of the metal cladding in the courtyard

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left) a continuous strip of light bordering the kitchen (right) natural light in the living area

NRM architects office: 'kh:3' house (left and right) punched-out roof lights in the washroom

  • I’d love to have those glass-encased stairs. The photos of the bathroom aren’t really doing it for me, but that kitchen and living area is lovely!


have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
508,132 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine