3 SLIT HOUSE

3 SLIT HOUSE is a detached house for enjoying hobbies in a suburban residential area. The design is a modern interpretation of the Tsubo-Niwa; a motive in traditional Japanese Architecture. It translates as ‘in-between garden' and is generally a small courtyard or garden that becomes part of the interior space. In this residence the dwellers can roam freely in between 3 of these gardens.

As the residence is constructed in a residential neighborhood which is densely built the building maximizes the allowable footprint and pushes the outer walls to the edges of the site. These outer facing facades have no windows whilst hosting three small Otsubo Niwa gardens where the facade opens up. The large windows facing each other across the Tsubo-Niwa let in plenty of daylight light and natural ventilation.

The gardens divide the building into four building volumes. These are connected through an open interior that is free of any interior walls. The open space is fenced by the outer walls and gardens creating a sense of privacy whilst at the same time permeating boundless transparency and light.

The load-bearing timber columns and beams used in the building's structure are open and visible in the interior design. Natural materials such as plastered exterior walls natural wood flooring and natural stone are used to create a space where the patina of the materials can be observed as they develop a taste over time.

Location
Toshima Japan
Type
House
Level
B1F - 3F
Structure
Steel
Date
4.2012
Site
29.28 ㎡
Footprint
22.25 ㎡
Floorspace
80.42 ㎡
Height
9.8 m
Photo by
SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro