Gohongi House Tokyo

230 m2
Team: Koen Klinkers, Will Galloway, Erez Golani Solomon, Misuzu Yoshikawa, Joris Berkhout
status: Built, 2012
structure: Alan Burden (structured

On a typically narrow Tokyo suburban site the goal is simple; build as much floor area as possible and connect it to the landscape so the home will feel connected to the outside environment. This is not yet a typical ambition for the city’s residents but one that is inevitable if the cost of land and construction is calculated. Every piece of land the owner cannot access or make use of is an enormous expense. If open space is the definition of luxury in Tokyo, the mark of waste (or possibly decadence) is to allow space to go unused and unseen.