ryuji fujimura architects: storage house
ryuji fujimura architects: storage house ryuji fujimura architects: storage house
mar 27, 2012

ryuji fujimura architects: storage house

‘storage house’ by ryuji fujimura architects, kanagawa, japan image © takumi ota all images courtesy of ryuji fujimura architects




japanese practice ryuji fujimura architects has completed ‘storage house’, a single family dwelling in kanagawa, a suburb of tokyo, japan. addressing the street, a wide canopy above the garage creates an image similar to a loading dock, allowing the partially enclosed entry hall to be used as a gathering space for visitors when a car is not present. the steel volume  contains three levels of spaces within a two storey structure, utilizing the underground space to maximize the floor area.  connected with open-riser stairs for an airy living room, intermittent half floors serve as landings with a function, generating a lofted space. perspectives between the various elevations create layered views through the home.

street elevation image © takumi ota




a double height wooden bookshelf spans from a half floor to the ceiling for the first level, continuing into a cavernous loft within the master bedroom. glass windows within interior partitions create cross vision panels through to a lower area while concealed openings with doors may be opened for an aerial view or for quick communication.

(left) garage / hall and entrance (right) hall and entrance images © takumi ota

stairs bordering kitchen + dining area image © takumi ota

stairs to kitchen / dining room images © takumi ota

stairs image © takumi ota

bookshelf image © takumi ota

view of second floor from concealed opening within wall image © takumi ota

master bedroom and loft image © takumi ota

master bedroom loft image © takumi ota

stairs to the basement image © takumi ota

basement room image © takumi ota

balcony image © takumi ota



floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 0.5

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 1.5

floor plan / level -1



study models


project info:


location: kanagawa, japan type: private residence architects: ryuji fujimura architects structural engineer: konishi structural engineers site area: 57.82 m2 building area: 31.69m2 floor area total: 56.26m2 floor area by floor: b1f: 30.31m2 / 1f: 30.31m2 / 2f: 33.00m2 design period: aug. 2009 – oct. 2010 construction period: nov. 2010 – apr. 2011 structure: steel, reinforced concrete

  • incredibly adept packaging of a lot of program into a miniscule volume

    dbkii says:
  • Spectacular use of space! I wish these would pass zoning and building codes in American cities. I would definitely love to live in one of these as they utilize a very small footprint.

    Mary Anne E says:
  • Wow. My future home, please?

    Studge says:
  • it’s typical Japanese young architect’s work……..

    micky says:

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