Japanese Home Features Flexible Living Spaces and Large Roof Overhang

The most immediately striking feature of this small family home in Japan is it’s large roof overhang. The house has been designed by Nobuo Araki and his Tokyo-based architecture studio, The Archetype. With the clients on hand, they set out to create a simple, functional home that would meet the needs of their family.


House in Fukaya - Nobuo Araki - Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

Named House in Fukaya, it’s set on Japan’s Kanto Plain – the countries largest area of flat land. Its location played an important part in the design of the home; the region gets very hot during the summer, and cold and windy in the winter.


House in Fukaya - Nobuo Araki - Japan - Living Area - Humble Homes

One aspect of the home that embraces (or rather combats) the weather is its large roof overhang. The overhang extends out from the main body of the home by over 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) and is used to provide shelter from both the rain and the sun.


House in Fukaya - Nobuo Araki - Japan - Partitions Closed - Humble Homes

The exterior is pretty unassuming and simple. It has a low profile roof, the walls are clad with timber siding, and the faces of the building are punctured by a series of large square window and door openings. The pictures of the interior have obviously been taken before the family has moved in, but the floor plan gives you an idea of how the home is to be laid out and used.

House in Fukaya - Nobuo Araki - Japan - Partitions Open - Humble Homes

Like a lot of modern Japanese houses, House in Fukaya features plain white walls with timber accents. The space is split up into two main areas; public and private space. The public area contains the living room, dining room and kitchen, whereas the private space is occupied by the bedrooms, bathroom and washroom.

House in Fukaya - Nobuo Araki - Japan - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The two areas can be opened up or closed off from one another thanks to a series of sliding partitions. This feature also provides the family with an easy method of rearranging the layout of the home in the future, say, to accommodate separate bedrooms as their daughter gets older.

For more Japanese houses check out the House in Toin, which was built alongside a shrine and pays homage to it. Or, Takeshi Shikauchis’ small house that combines two residences into one. See all Japanese houses.

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Photos: Shimizu Ken

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.

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  1. Hi I would like if possible to get more information about the Japanese small house featured in your 21/8/15 edition. is this possible?