This out of the ordinary family home recently unveiled by the Tokyo based APOLLO Architects & Associates from Tokyo is located in the center of Sendai, a city in the north of Honshu, Japan’s biggest island. The house is 135 square meters large with a groundfloor and two floors above and lies on a plot only 264 square meters large. Due to high traffic density the building is surrounded by a wall which forms a barrier between the busy street and the private space so the owners got to have some intimate and calm courtyards which face the dining area. The balcony on the second floor creates a unique form protruding into the courtyard. One experiences a feeling of lightness, airiness and harmony in the house. All the interior rooms are not plastered so only raw concrete is visible while the exterior façade is of snow white colour. The other colours and materials are down to earth and except the natural shades of dark wood one cannot find a strong contrast of colours.