The owner of this house is a book-lover, and books of all kinds are ranged around its rooms, sometimes stacked in tall piles. Moreover, the collection is likely to grow further. I imagined that these silent spines tucked away in the corner of a little scene from life contain magnificent stories and spectacular worlds. In the bookshelves they sit in the darkness, harboring realms beyond the dwelling. In this sense, perhaps the bookshelves serve as windows for the house.

At the same time, it is actually hard to have large windows in residential areas in Tokyo. Since each aperture is inevitably small, we incorporated slightly more windows compared to a regular house and positioned them not only on the four walls, but also in the ceiling and the floor so that the space did not feel cramped.

Many windows, both real and in the form of bookshelves, are ranged across surfaces in different directions. In various daily scenes—eating meals, relaxing on the sofa, coming home, taking a breath on exiting the bath—these small windows quietly await discovery and bring in the outside world.


Suzuko Yamada Architects, Inc. Tokyo, JAPAN