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nLDK Architects : Hey House

How to combine outdoor spaces and privacy in a densely populated residential area? A challenge to which the architects of the Japanese studio nLDK respond with the design of Hey House, a small contemporary house entirely turned towards a hidden courtyard.

In the heart of the old district of Hibarigaoka-Harnayashiki in Kawanishi (Japan), two types of houses coexist: old houses with high walls and small post-war housing with low partitions, the whole exploiting the smallest surface of the ground. Here, no place for a garden. The only outdoor spaces are narrow, private lanes. A link with the outside whose sponsors Hey House did not want to happen, even sacrifice a few square meters living space of their home.

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This will result, on a plot of 90 square meters, a building, minimalist style whose flat roofs are equipped with openings zenithales, thus allowing the penetration of natural light in the living rooms, a boon in such a dense neighborhood . Spread over two floors, the square-shaped dwelling consists of a single day area with living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor; and three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

However, this house is nothing like its neighbors. Surrounded by an enclosure, this monolithic is embellished with a large L-shaped concrete courtyard with play structures for children, green areas, a terrace, etc. In short all the attributes of a family garden!

Connected indoors by a veranda overlooking the living room, the outside is an integral part of the house.

To learn more, visit the website of nLKD Architects

Photos: Yohei Sasakura

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