Constraints breed creativity, they say. And in the case of the Melt House in Osaka, Japan, that’s absolutely true. Built on a narrow plot measuring 18 feet wide, the house makes the most of its allotted land.
With little space leftover for outdoor living, Satoshi Saito from Japanese studio SAI decided to bring nature indoors with a double-height courtyard that acts as a “dry garden” with a tree and couch. The light-filled space is the centerpiece of the home. All paths lead to the dry garden in the railroad style house, and interior windows in the second-story rooms look out onto the tree too.
It’s a striking feature that’s as much about practicality as it is about aesthetics.
Saito explained, “By providing large openings and high-side lights, the plan is to take in plenty of natural light into the house and actively take in natural ventilation even though it is a long and narrow building.”