HomeDesignSpace To Breathe Takuro Yamamoto Proves That There Is Still Space In Tokyo “The key element of a good house is having clear and simple concept,” says Takuro Yamamoto’s on the creation of Little House with a Big Terrace. As his latest work of architecture, the project takes the dynamics of little and large and amplifies their relative qualities. The relationship between external space and internal space is explored, with a design that hopes to optimise the inhabitants’ quality of life. As Yamamoto explains, “The internal spaces are planned for getting the light, fresh air, and the beautiful sight through those external spaces effectively.” Yamamoto’s design manipulates the surrounding open-air spaces to maximising the intake of light. Taking measures for a large terrace connected to equally large windows is one way he achieves this, allowing for light and air to flow freely through the building. Despite being packed in to a Tokyo neighbourhood, the house can breathe. Situated in Tokyo sets a limit to the amount of physical space available, but Yamamoto uses this restriction to his advantage. Without neglecting the necessary pragmatism for a modern home, Yamamoto ensures that the internal space isn’t compromised. The Little House can be light, bright and airy; a sustaining freshness to modern life in Tokyo. We caught up with Takuro Yamamoto to learn about his experiences: The Plus: How do you make a great house when tight for space? Takuro Yamamoto: Tight space is not always difficult problem, because overcoming the tightness is a clear concept, only thing you have to do is thinking how to solve. TP: What do you think are the main challenges facing the architects of today? TM: It’s up to each architect. For me, finding what I really want to do is the theme and the challenge. TP: Do you have a big team working with you? TM: No, only three people including me is our team. TP: What characterises your aesthetic as an architect? TM: Simple thought, simple shape and diversity of phenomenon.