Sumikiri-House designed around relationships with the neighbouring community that located in Amagasaki-City, Japan, was designed by y+M design office Co.Ltd. The house is located in a residential area where there are old-style tenement houses in Amagasaki-city, Hyogo-prefecture, Japan. Around there the width of road is narrow (about 4 metres) and houses are densely situated with poor views. The client’s grandparents, childhood friends and fellow pupils live in the same area, so the client has good neighbourly relations with them. The architects planned to build the house on an 80-sq-m corner site to produce a joyful life for the client with their children in their familiar area.
The architects cut the corner at the ground floor to provide garaging space – this also creates a nice space with good visibility, even in the dense area, to ensure security and reduce the oppressing feeling there. They also used plain-woven iron grating on the façade over the corner cutoff to provide a relaxed feeling by mixing the iron’s robustness and the woven fabric’s softness. The upper side of the corner cutoff is designed to a moderate size which is not oppressive but offers good views.