Architect Café has designed a new home, ‘house in Waga-Zaimokuza’ in a densely populated neighborhood of Japan. To compensate for the small lot, the house is two and a half story and features an elevated garden that opens up the living and dining space.

The home has a large street face made of windows allowing for a full view of the interior, however the interior has a system of curtains that can be drawn from two-levels up and can be drawn to partially or fully close off the interior from being viewed from the street.

The mezzanine level overlooks the main space and has a catwalk that provides access to the kitchen, dining and living space in the upper story. This story is much more closed off to provide maximum privacy in contrast to the lower levels. The upper level also houses the outdoor yard and the rooftop terrace.