Gandare House – A Narrow Japanese Home by Ninkipen!

The Japanese architecture firm Ninkipen! was responsible for designing and delivering this project that’s set on a narrow strip of land in Osaka Prefecture. The house, dubbed Gandare by the designer, is squeezed between existing buildings in a busy residential neighborhood.

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The house features an unusual metal facade that peels away from the surface of the building to create a small porch for the first floor. With its three floor levels and an attic space in the roof, the house manages to create a total living area of 947 square feet (88 square meters).

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The layout of each floor is relatively straightforward. On the first floor, a car parking space has been enclosed into the porch. This is followed by a storage room, a dressing area and a bathroom. A separate toilet can be found just beyond the stairs.

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The second floor contains the main living area, a space shared between the kitchen, dining area, and living room. They’ve employed glass as a partition between the room and the staircase, allowing light to filter through to the very back of the home.

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The third level contains the home’s bedroom along with what they call an “inner balcony”. Its completely enclosed within the house, but features a large window, and is separated from the bedroom by a screen. The fourth floor contains a small loft that’s presumably used as an attic for storage.

Gandare House - Ninkipen - Osaka Japan - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

From the architect, Yasuo Imazu: “I considered what kind of a design of a house is able to participate in the renewal of the city. I arranged the positions of the windows in plan, cross-section and elevation, by taking advantage of many restrictions on wooden houses in quasi-fire prevention districts.”

For more Japanese houses check out this farmhouse that was rebuilt into a simple modern home. Or, Modular Grid House, a personal home built from off-the-shelf components. See all Japanese houses.

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Photos: Hiroki Kawata

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