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Who: Daisuke Mimura / Malo Planning Inc.
What: Single family residence
Where: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
When: 2009
How: Two-story (w/basement) reinforced concrete construction
Site Area: 1,076 square feet (100.0m²)
Construction Area: 428 square feet (39.8m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,348 square feet (125.2m²)

Who: Shunichiro Ninomiya and Tomoko Morodome / NRM-Architects
What: Single family residence
Where: Kawachinagano City, Osaka Prefecture
When: 2009
How: Two-story wood frame construction
Site Area: 2,629 square feet (244.23m²)
Construction Area: 841 square feet (78.15m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,389 square feet (129.08m²)
Photographer: Eiji Tomita

Who: Tatsuya Nagasaki / Atelier Haretoke
What: Two-generation residence
Where: Ota-ku, Tokyo
When: November 2008
How: Two-story (w/basement) wood frame and reinforced concrete construction
Site Area: 2,103 square feet (95.40m²)
Construction Area: 677 square feet (62.85m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,448 square feet (134.52m²)
Photographer: Noriyuki Yano

Hazama no Mori, 2009

This is another house designed by Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto. The house from outside has a minimal and simple appearance of a low-cost housing, but wait till you see the inside. The client, a young couple with three children, apparently had a modest budget to build their new home, but their imagination was as big as their surrounding environment with hills of green tea plantations, tangerine trees and rice fields.

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My Neighbor Totoro

We are posting this trailer of My Neighbor Totoro since many of you probably don’t know what Totoro (the namesake of the unique house we just posted this week) is. If interested, the DVD is available here for purchase.

Under the tree of Totoro, 2010

The nostalgic atmosphere of a small village captivated Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto when they visited the site for a new house they were to design last year. There was a big tree on top of the nearby hill, and next to the tree was a small shrine, overlooking the entire village. The setting of the village would likely remind Hayao Miyazaki fans (including movie director James Cameron whose depiction of the huge Hometree and the sacred Tree of Souls in Avatar are still fresh in our memories) of My Neighbor Totoro, an animated film in 1988 by Miyazaki. In their statement, the architect couple explain the concept wonderfully, and I rather not butcher the beauty of words with my poor translation. By the way, if you have children and happen to like this house, I encourage you to rent the film Continue Reading