setsuko sakakibara slots narrow home between existing rowhouses
all images courtesy of setsuko sakakibara architect and associates

 

 

 

setsuko sakakibara architect and associates has completed a narrow residence in the japanese city of kobe. located near the local railway station, ‘house in rokkomichi’ provides accommodation for a family of four, slotted within a row of existing townhouses. a long kitchen is positioned at ground floor level offering residents the possibility of opening a small roadside café. a series of flexible spaces are contained on subsequent floors, before a terrace is found at roof level, overlooking the surrounding neighborhood.

setsuko sakakibara house in rokkomichi kobe japan designboom
the narrow residence is slotted within a row of existing townhouses

setsuko sakakibara house in rokkomichi kobe japan designboom
the design consists of brightly lit, flexible volumes

setsuko sakakibara house in rokkomichi kobe japan designboom
(left) natural light enters the property from skylights positioned in the roof
(right) a singular elongated table stretches throughout the ground floor level

setsuko sakakibara house in rokkomichi kobe japan designboom
at night the dwelling maintains its stealthy appearance

 

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project info:

 

location: kobe, japan
program: private residence
structure: steel-frame
site area: 43.84 sqm
building area: 32.30 aqm
total floor area: 60.21 sqm
architect: setsuko sakakibara architect and associates