Small Home Provides Privacy Without Compromising On Fenestration

This unusual, but amazingly well designed house has been created by Fujiwaramuro Architects for a family in Kyoto, Japan.


Due to the house’s location and the fact that it has a minimal setback from the street, the Architects decided to create a louvred façade, by incorporating windows with concrete ‘sheets’ between them. The result: reduced visibility into the interior of the home from the outside, relative to the passers-by’s position, helping to create a greater sense of privacy and security for the occupants without reducing the amount of natural light entering the home.



In this case the site constraints created an out-of-the-box solution; an easy cop-out would have been to reduce the amount of fenestration and use blinds, or some other privacy screen. As a result of the louvres, an interesting display of light and shadow is created throughout the day as the sun passes by.

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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.