Two Modern Japanese Homes Come Together Forming a Beautiful Archway

At first glance, this building might look like a single structure, but it's actually two separate residences. Architect Akio Nakasa designed them as halves of one whole. The buildings, despite being different in size and height, complement each other thanks to a central arch that lines up but doesn't fully meet. Nakasa (of the firm Naf Architect & Design) created the subtle division for three generations of a family. One property is for a single grandmother while the other is for a couple and their child. Together, these buildings are called the Arch Wall House and located in Hachiouji, west of Tokyo.

The smaller of the structures is a single storey with open living and dining space. Its counterpart features two storeys and a double-height living room that forms the center of the house. “These buildings, while they are independent, stand face to face and side by side to share everyday life and space,” Nakasa says. Entrances to both residences are accessible through the arch that doubles as a driveway.

In addition to the buildings, the property has a traditional Japanese tea garden and two small shrines. It's a lovely way to unite a family while giving each their own private quarters.

Naf Architect & Design website
Photography by Toshiyuki Yano
via [Inhabitat and Dezeen]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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