Japanese studio FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects are known for their minimalist houses characterised by a sculptural rigor and cubist elegance, and while their latest project Slender House in Japan’s Shiga prefecture is no different, it’s also a testament to the studio’s ingenuity in tackling demanding briefs. As its name suggests, the architects had to contend with a very narrow and deep lot, located within a densely built suburban area. In response, Kimura’s minimalist design strikes a balance between functionality, spaciousness, natural light and privacy to create a modern home for a family of three that feels neither contained nor constrained by its slender proportions.
The slimness of the new building is a response to both the property’s elongated shape and the need to establish a breathing distance from its neighbours. Tapered at the front to allow for parking spots on either side of the concrete porch, the austere composition of three rectilinear volumes is complemented by distinct textures and colours that enhance its sculptural sensibility and symmetrical design as well as soften its bulky mass. The solid exterior is also punctured by a tall street-facing window that accentuates the building’s slender proportions and which lights up to become a beacon of homely warmth come night time.
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