I thought I’d do something a little different today in that I would tell you about this gorgeous little house I found, it is located in Japan.

Called the Inside-Outside house, there are some parts of the house where rain falls on the inside.

The house was constructed for a couple and their 2 cats and consists of an enclosed core of bedrooms and living rooms, surrounded by an outer shell.

As opposed to a house designed for humans, with the cats being incidental, the house was designed to encourage a co-existence between humans and animals. Uniquely this resulted in a house where certain rooms feel like they are located outside. Resulting in “a house inside which you feel being outside.”

The outside of the building was designed with an irregular courtyard in accordance with the irregularly-shaped site. Both the roof and walls of the building have carefully placed openings, through which light, wind or rain could enter into the building.

The house, from the way it is constructed, encourages adaptation according to wind direction or rainfall changes. So the longer you live there, you learn where you won’t get wet. A significant amount of planing went into this house, the architects ensured that plants were planted in the ground under the open roof. The boxes for the bedroom and bathroom were put in the outer space; the living room is located above the bedroom box and the deck was placed above the bathroom box.

During seasons, both humans and cats live with a natural draft. On windy or chilly days, they stay in the indoor boxes or in the living room with the glass sliding doors closed. With people attempting to reduce energy consumption and to coexist with nature — we are encouraged to find new ways of living beyond our energy problems, which leads to important changes in human mental activities.

Construction: wooden-structure
Site: 149.59 m2
Building area: 59.23 m2
Floor area ratio: 91.15 m2
Building height: 5859 mm
No. of floors: 2
Building function: House
Planning data
Design: August 2009 – April 2010
Planning start (M/Y): August / 2009
Beginning of construction: May / 2010
Completion: September / 2010

Architects: Takeshi Hosaka

Author: Shirley Muswema