The bigger the city the more hard it is to get some real privacy. Especially in Tokyo where lovers need to visit so called love hotels when they want to have some quit alone time to themselves. A client came to the architect Kozo Yamamoto and requested an “open house” with a rooftop and a courtyard. To realise the latter while still preserving privacy is a tough thing to do in a city with one of the highest population densities in the world and resulted in the so called “NN-House”.
If you observe the spot of the house carefully you can see a high bulding right beneath it. To avoid that inhabitants from this bulding could carefreely stare on you while relaxing naked on the sunny rooftop terrace, the architect Yamamoto decided to build a rectangular wall around the budling. This gives you the privacy you need and is also used to separate the courtyard from the building.
Space is a rare possession in Tokyo but it’s always fascinating what you can achieve with a certain creativity. The book Daraku Room shows the exact opposite to this very clean approach by Yamamoto but without being distasteful.
All images by Toimura Koichi