The gentle wind in Tokyo

In a quiet residential area on a vacant lot next to the former home of one of Japan’s most notable Prime Ministers of 20th century arises a peculiar residence. Adjacent to a 5.5m wide frontal road with a daily stream of cars and people in the mornings and evenings, the Breeze stands out as a sculpture in space inviting attention but protecting privacy – a building that sits in mute repose, like an impassive signpost.

The challenge to the architect was to achieve a building that would continue to maintain its appeal and superiority as a high-end rental property. After considering the most efficient configuration for each residential unit based on the building plot, longer along the east-west axis and fronted by the road on the north, it was concluded that a terrace house style would be most efficient.

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