Ordinary House

Ordinary House is a single family residence, recently completed by Japanese bureau FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects. Located in Shiga and surrounded by an underdeveloped area, the house makes an exciting visual statement. Slick and minimal, the structure has very few windows. Each window strategically laid out to direct movement of natural light in the interior.

The private section of the house is located on the ground level, whereas the living, dining and kitchen areas are one flight of stairs away from the front door. This section of the house is generously illuminated with a skylight, placed directly above the staircase. This clever architectural feature ties the common zones together and defuses soft light around the entire house.

The sitting and dining areas are segmented by half-walls – another great design decision. These elements give openness to the space and allow unobstructed communication.