Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier: Small Box House
'Small box house' by Japanese studio Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier is a two-story residence in the western hillside of mount Moiwa, Sapporo. By the request of the clients, the dwelling is designed to be flexible in order to accommodate a cafe on the main floor as well as to host a variety of events in the future. Resembling a simple cube from the outside, the interior organizes itself around an irregularly-shaped void cut from one corner of the volume. It serves as both a light well and visual atrium, the dining room/public cafe space is hosted in this space. The more-than-double height zone lends a sense of open airiness.