TOKYO – Japanese firm Satoru Hirota Architects sets a single family house in three tunnel-like volumes.

Located in Tokyo, where the client was born and raised, Lik House aspires to be a place of comfortable intimacy, says Satoru Hirota.

Three blocks, laid on the plot with angled trajectories, generate an irregular outdoor space that acts as a private square. The courtyard – a place for both physical and visual interaction – projects the interior into the surroundings.

People moving from one room to another feel as if they’re crossing transitional spaces. Dynamic, slender passages are only arrested by intermittent box-like elements in the interior.

Despite its remarkably narrow interior, large openings give the house a sense of openness and transparency and introduce a continuous play of light and shadows.