A balcony has a free existence, even inside a house. With neither its function nor its user specified, it can be used in multiple ways; for example, it does not matter if it gets dirty from exposure to the weather. It brings residents relief and offers them relaxation, as well as enjoyment. While a balcony has an elegant presence, it is also solid. It is a presence that tends to be forgotten, but it is unforgettable. A balcony.
▼住宅外观，exterior view of the house
This project is located in Shitamachi, Tokyo’s highly atmospheric old downtown district. With people inviting friends into the doma area (doma: an indoor room that is treated in the same way as the ground, and that can be used as one pleases) of the house, calling out to their kids from the balcony, or greeting folks from their shop, this is a part of town where communication is still alive and well. The owner decided to build a house for his family of three on the land where his grandmother once lived. With his wife, uncle, and a childhood friend and neighbor of the mother, verbal communication easily came to life from the doma, the balcony, and the windows. When thinking about the owner’s large family combined with this place, we felt that the windows and the balcony influenced both the inside and the outside, acting as a vehicle for communication that was coming to life. In particular, this space was constructed with balconies projecting inwards from the windows on all four sides of the building; whereas normally, they would project outwards. This creates a configuration that forms each of the interior spaces.
▼住宅外观，住户们可以通过窗户和室内阳台与室外环境进行互动，exterior view of the house, users can build up a relationship with surroundings through windows and interior balconies
▼二层平面图，窗户和室内阳台使交流更加方便，2F plan, the windows and interior balconies make communication easier
These balconies protruding from the inside of the house create spaces for family members to dwell in. These spaces have an open and transparent quality to them; unlike the clear, fixed outlines that typically characterize a room. Family members can call out: “It’s time to wake up!” from the balcony. They can wave their hand saying: “Good morning” while heading towards the kitchen. The project has a sense of proximity that allows someone standing on the balcony to call out to either a friend outside, or a family member inside the house: “Why don’t you pop up for some tea?” This gives people a sense of excitement about visiting as they walk up the stairs.
▼住宅室内，从住宅四面外墙上的窗户位置处向内悬挑出一系列室内的阳台，interior view of the house, the space is constructed with balconies projecting inwards from the windows on all four sides of the building
▼住宅室内，室内阳台不仅可以作为与室外交流的空间，还可以作为开放的卧室空间，interior view of the house, the interior balconies can serve as connection spaces between interior and exterior, as well as open bedrooms
▼住宅室内，一系列室内阳台拉近了人与人之间的距离，interior view of the house, interior balconies create a sense of proximity
▼住宅室内，布局开放，the open interior space
▼住宅室内，interior view of the house
▼从二层阳台通向顶层阳台，going up to the balcony on the third floor from the balcony on the top floor
▼人们在室内阳台上交流，people stand on the interior balconies, talking to each other
▼通向室内阳台的楼梯，the stairs leading up to the interior balcony
The roof-covered doma is a place where the bicycle can be repaired or where the children can play. It also acts as a community space, with the family owner’s uncle or friends calling out from the balconies of their homes. Inside, the first floor acts as a family space, rather that a doma. The aim was to create pleasant spaces that have an easy sense of connection to both the inside and the outside for each of the balconies that project inwards from the windows.
▼玻璃雨篷下的入口空间和室内的doma门厅空间，the entrance space under the glass canopy and the roof-covered doma space
The project has inherited Japan’s old style of communication, where one could call out to people from the balconies that overlook the streets.
▼住宅夜景，night view of the house
ARCHITECT: TAKESHI HOSAKA
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: KENJI NAWA / NAWAKENJI-M
PHOTOGRAPHER: KOJI FUJII / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.
CLIENT: TEPPEI NEZU
Name of the project: Balconyt House
Exact definition of the building: a couple and a child (girl)
Location of the project: Koutou ku , Tokyo, JAPAN
Construction nature: wooden-structure
Site: 76.52 m2
Building area: 48.00 m2
Floor area ratio: 72.99 m2
No. of floors: 1F 47.60 m2 2F 25.39 m2
Building height: 6150mm
Building function: house
Design: October 2015 – April 2016
Planning start (M/Y): October 2015
Beginning of construction: April 2016
Completion: January 2017