click to enlarge | photos by Masao Nishikawa

insidehouse & outsidehouse is a private residence in Suginami-ku, Tokyo designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects in 2009. Structurally, the home is 2 different buildings with the smaller building representing the “outdoorhouse” while the larger unit is the “insidehouse.”

The outside house is equipped with a small office space and a courtyard, which looks into its adjacent insidehouse. I love how, despite the separation, the courtyard in the outsidehouse, and opposing large windows facing it on the insidehouse, create an implied visual connection for those within the home.