The scheme is characterized by its unifying structure which holistically connects the ten properties, creating a series of internal gardens and alleyways. The overarching canopy comprises 21 individually pitched roofs, which reference the scale and size of neighboring homes – a modern approach which simultaneously echoes vernacular typologies.
Scattered along the sloped site, the units are linked by external circulation routes which offer glimpses into private residences. The dwellings feature a range of living accommodation, with some properties comprising a series of interconnected rooms, while others are more detached, oriented around a central courtyard.
Each room differs with regard to dimensions and proportions, with attic-type rooms with low ceilings directly contrasting more spaciously scaled enclosures. The variation of the scheme is continued to external areas, where street adjacent gardens are open to the public and more private yards are obscured from view.
All areas of the design have multiple sources of light and ventilation, ensuring a pleasant and hospitable living environment. ‘Nishinoyama house’ encourages positive relationships to be formed between its inhabitants, establishing a communal and neighborly atmosphere.