The design of Satoru Hirota Architects' Lik House was influenced by the unique location and shape of the lot.
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To maintain privacy it was decided that a large volume wasn't suitable and to keep the roofline the same height as directly adjacent retail stores.
Built in a relatively calm residential section of Tokyo near the business district, the neighbourhood is where the client was born and raised.
The goal was to create a calming oasis with a degree of privacy in an area that has medium-rise collective housing within view.
Because the V-shaped lot is bounded on three sides by local merchants it was decided to build on the boundary and have an exterior courtyard in the middle.
Each volume is a tube-like concrete structure (150-mm thick) with glazing facing the courtyard, "so that the boundary between an inside and out might continue vaguely."
Though bent in the middle, the space is a continuous 50 meters end-to-end, dotted with a kitchen, a wine cellar, a toilet and closets.
Photos: courtesy Satoru Hirota Architects.