takeshi hosaka's love2 house is a 19 sqm concrete hut for a couple in tokyo

takeshi hosaka's love2 house is a 19 sqm concrete hut for a couple in tokyo

with a total floor area of 19 sqm, the love2 house by takeshi hosaka is a small, compact hut in tokyo that manages to cater to the needs of a couple. the detached, concrete residence incorporates a main frame complete with a round skylight, which ensures enough natural light within the interior throughout the year.

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drawing from choumei’s hojyo square (9.18 sqm), and le corbusier’s cabanon cabin (16.85 sqm) in cap martin as examples of architectural constructions under 20 sqm, takeshi hosaka has managed to build the love2 house in a 29.53 sqm plot and within a budget. ‘I wanted to realize in this small house the five elements that made the roman ideal for living in the villa: study, bathing, theater, music, gastronomy,’ explains the japanese architect, who built the house for himself and his partner. ‘every day I go to an open-air bath, enjoy 300 records at a sufficient volume, eat cooked rice in a clay pot, and read a book I like.’



although there is no direct sunlight during the three months of winter, the house’s conical roof concludes in a round opening that brings sufficient light within the space. during summertime, the direct sunlight enters into the interior, reminiscent of southern countries, creating an enjoyable environment.




project info:


name: love2 house

architect: takeshi hosaka architects

location: tokyo, japan

total floor area: 19 sqm

  • So sorry. I failed to express my deep admiration for this design and execution of this home and designer. An excellent example of filling needs while expressing the necessary expansion of overhead space. The only structural improvement would be the use of Hempcrete I would recommend 6″ of hempcrete would HAVE to insulate better than concrete, without transmitting the outside temperature. IMHO….

    Bill Burgess says:
  • I go to Japan every year. This is a great home. I worked in concrete industry and agree hemp would be better- however- I would coat these walls with American Clay All Natural Earth Clay! Still do able! Just a troweled application. It will change the temperature in hot and cold months and insulate home. It absorbs humidity then releases as area drys out- acting as a natural humidifier! Have a wonderful life in your concrete palace!

    Keren Niles says:

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