63.02° of Separation

Japanese architects never cease to amaze me. They are constantly given the challenge of turning a very limited space into something functional and appealing at the same time. Wedged like a book on a bookshelf, this free standing house in Nakana, Tokyo is placed at an angle of exactly 63.02° from the access road. I am not sure of the significance (if any) of this particular number but anyway you look at it, this design clearly adds up. Sharp angels are everywhere on this one of a kind rentable home that seems to have carved a place in the neighborhood. I know that in certain social cases in Japanese culture, it is customary to literally turn one’s back on someone to represent shame. I can’t help wonder what the building on the left must have done to offend the 63.02° house by Schemata Architecture Office.

Architect: Schemata Architecture Office [ Via: Dezeen ]


  • atomicforce says:

    Back wall looks ugly, where the windows are?

  • jhon says:

    Ugliest house i eve seen…God, why people do that kindda stuff? It nice for a school project…but in real life?!?!?..Come on!!!! I bet the Designer/Architect own a regular house…

    • blackwasabi says:

      please respect other people’s work. if you have shown enough appreciation, its a beautiful building.. “ugly” is simply not the correct work to use, if ur in a design profession, i dont think you’ve earned the title of becoming one..

  • john says:

    No doubt japanese intelligence is proven with their track record and after their intense efforts after worldwar 2

    • AG says:

      What the hell is this even supposed to mean? This is purely a racist comment, pure and simple. The Japanese are a very intelligent culture, and have been making leaps and bounds in the technological world. I am from the US, and I suppose “John” is too, solidifying the US stereotype of stupid, fat, loud, and ignorant Americans. Congrats John, thanks for screwing things up even further.

  • Ric says:

    “seise” should be “cease”

  • dave says:

    Space is at a premium, so let’s waste half of it so we can lay down some ugly white rocks. Good thinking!

  • 2shy says:

    For the way it is, maybe the solution for this, is that they wanted light all day…maybe there is a sun roof up there…and thats how it worked…or not…

    • blackwasabi says:

      maybe its the required setback? council regulation? im pretty sure there are heaps of reason behind it.. and surely 63.02 degree seperation would mean sth…

  • Peter Jolly says:

    you can have an opinion…but don’t express it with out having a reason for why to think it / insightful criticism.

    A reason for the orientation would be that it best captures the sun this way. Also the tweaked angle gives it a real sense of arrival when driving up to it.

    Why is there no windows on the other side? most councils have a law about over looking other property, especially if the existing building has exposed windows (look at the second image again). A architect maybe able to design in some obscured glass or translucent glass. But this designer has opted to leave it bear. I think it makes it very expressive and interesting.

    P.S. do you know if the owner enjoys the home? do you understand the cultural inclinations? do you understand the nature of the building’s site? Do you understand the constraints on the construction? Think about it…take whats interesting about it…not wether you plan to buy it or not.

    This is a design website…not a better homes and gardens magzine

    • Jade Doel says:

      Bravo Peter! Well said.
      When I visited Japan in 2007 for our University Architecture trip (From New Zealand), I was captivated by homes like these found in the narrowest of streets in Tokyo. There are many restictions to the point where if you can gat anything on a site like this then you’re very lucky, let alone something architecturally designed. It’s a huge challenge and respect to the architect!

  • Peder says:

    I agree on the fact that it’s a good design on the house, but as a (as it seem) city-housing (according to the other houses around) it doesn’t fit in. In my opinion houses of these kinds sell better as villaes with vaster outdoor-areas/gardens so that they can stand out in uniqness solely alone – not interfering with neighbour-structures.

  • Dante says:

    la verdad la casa esta muy buena y me gustaria saber si estan los planos para poder ver como esta diagramada por dentro, ya que estoy estudiando diseño de interiores y arquitectura, y otra cosa mas como puede ser q no esten estas paginas en el idioma mas hablado del mundo que es el español y esta en ingles, que es el segundo mas hablado pero como el español es el primero y lo hablo seria bueno que lo pongan en español aparte podrian tener mas visitadores.

  • Han says:

    wow, just wow.. there are so many people who have no idea about architecture but just love to play their mouth. YES, space is premium in japan. but government has laws how much of the site you can exactly build. such a small site like this will have barely any to build with after meeting all the bylaws which i can only imagine the architect used all. it must have been a headache to make it livable. much respect to the architect. (also nice to see the white. may not flow with the neighborhood but the whole point is making it pop out since it’s a very small house)

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