This Minimalist “Slender House” Defies Its Name and Comfortably Fits a Family of Three

published Feb 29, 2020
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It’s always impressive to see a piece of architecture defy its proportional limitations and exceed livable expectations. Built on a lot with extremely narrow width and large depth, this “Slender House” that can comfortably fit a family of three appears to be a leading example of that.

Japanese studio FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects built the new residential building within a densely built suburban area in Shiga, Japan. The company is known for their functional-meets-minimalist design and were up for the challenge when the project with slender proportions came to their attention. 

The team decided to build the home two stories high with an exterior that varied in texture and color. A tall street-facing window was installed to highlight the narrow architecture while also allowing natural light to pour into the space. The indented front was constructed in a way that allowed for two cars to fit for the family to utilize, creating an extra amenity that otherwise would be de-prioritized. 

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The minimalist design on the outside is reflected within the inside, especially through the exposed concrete, gray floorboards, and white plaster. Warm woodwork and earthy floors flow throughout the two levels, and—thanks to the large window—warm light fills the otherwise tough space. 

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The downstairs is an open floor space complete with a communal hallway, children’s bedroom, and powder room all the way in the back. The open floor plan continues upstairs, which has the dining and kitchen area, sitting spaces, bathroom, and a master bedroom.

In short, the architects did a brilliant job at working with a small lot to create a design-forward space that is functional enough for a family. And the minimalist feel throughout the two stories is serious design inspo for anyone who sees it.