A modest light-filled home in rural Japan | ALTS Design Office

This modest single-level home in rural Japan has 2 bedrooms in 768 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This unassuming house in Shiga, Japan is home to a young family. Architects ALTS Design Office designed the 71.3 m2 (768 ft2) floor plan around the combined living and dining room at the back of the small house. By arranging all the other rooms around the living/dining room, they were able to completely eliminate hallways. The main living space is flanked on one end by the kitchen and at the other end by a traditional “Japanese-style” tatami room, which can open to the living room with sliding screens.

This modest single-level home in rural Japan has 2 bedrooms in 768 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

A large window with built-in seating looks out over the farmland to the south. Windows facing the sun are great for passive solar heating but aren’t always the best for natural daylighting. There is often too much contrast between the areas receiving direct sunlight and those that aren’t. Here north-facing clerestory windows in the roof help to balance the light from the window. The indirect light coming through the clerestory windows reflects off the ceiling and provides even daylighting of the room.

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