Naruse House is a minimalist home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by MDS Co.Ltd. The residence is situated on an undulating typography with an equally irregular shaped lot facing a junction of three slightly sloping roads. The architects utilized this irregularity as an advantage, and decided to place walls parallel to the site’s asymmetrical perimeter.
The private rooms are situated along the exterior walls while the living areas are congregated within the central space. Due to the slight inclination of the land, the ground level has stepped floors leading from the entrance to the kitchen. In addition, the dining table is situated on a lower level with one side facing a raised step, which simultaneously serves as seating for the table.
In an effort to maximize the floor plan, the architects created shelves and desks to loosely separate the private rooms from the shared spaces. As a result, various elements, such as the site, furniture, and architecture, are seamlessly connected to perform multiple functions. The pitched roof is slightly lower on the west near the entrance, and slopes upward toward the southeast in order to maximize the views of the beautiful scenery without being overbearing within its surrounding environment.
Photography by Masao Nishikawa.