House in ItamiEdit profile
House in Itami by Tato Architects is situated in a dense urban neighbourhood of Japan, positioned in the back of a narrow cul-de-sac. Building laws in itami require that homes are set 500mm away from outer walls to form an interspace of 1000mm between the closely positioned dwellings. In keeping in line with these codes, tato architects included an additional 400mm to the boundary line between the northeast lying adjacent land, opening up a passageway and border of 900mm for easier access to the sidedoor entrance. This architectural decision also ensures that the eave is 9m high, avoiding the north side slant line. The interior of the home is defined by open staircases that sits at the centre of the dwelling, allocating functional programs on either side to maximize the small site, while offering a rich spatial experience that presents views to all areas of the house. The narrow steps also stand as a supporting structure for the dining table which is placed over the stairs between the ground and first floor, allowing residents to easily pass below. This provides a ceiling height of 3,775m in the dining room, which also makes the room under the staircase landing usable--the rest of the height is divided into 1,880mm downward and 1,850mm upward.
Description from Designboom.