Photos © ISHIKAWA A.A.
 
As you get further away from Tokyo, you see more new houses with a comfortable mix of contemporary and traditional elements designed by young architects. This is a house for a young couple (and their cat) designed by young architects based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo. The house doesn’t shout “Look at me!”, but I can’t help looking at it.

Who: Tomohiro Ishikawa and Nanae Nariyama/ ISHIKAWA A.A.
What: Single family residence (2 adults + a cat)
Where: Itami, Hyogo
When: 2008 (completion)
How: Two-story wood frame construction
Site Area: 1305 square feet (121.28m²)
Construction Area: 523 square feet (48.58m²)
Total Floor Area: 831 square feet (77.17m²)