Administrative House – A Home for a Biker Family from Japan

Titled Administrative House, this property can be found in Yokohama in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. It was completed 2016 for a couple who like to take to the road on their motorcycles.


To create their ideal home they contacted the Japanese architecture firm DOG, with Ryutaro Saito acting as the project leader.

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The resulting home is built on a stepped site that makes use of retaining walls. It’s set on a small plot of land measuring 1,334.72-square-feet (124-square-meters). Administrative House itself is set back from the site boundary, creating a small wrap-around garden.

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There are two sections to the home. The first is set on the lower level and consists of a garage for their motorcycle, a front garden and a second garage for the family car. The lower level gives way to the main body of the home on the upper “step”, which contains two levels.

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The interior of the home is finished in the fresh tones of white and warm wood. Wood covers the floors and sloped ceiling. The house is set on a busy street, making privacy a priority. As such, there are few windows to the front, bar a long narrow strip window set at the roof’s eave.

For more Japanese houses check out Adorable House, a family home from Tokyo. Or, this small home designed to accommodate a family of 5. See all Japanese houses.

Photos © Ippei Shinzawa

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.