At the corner of a street in Hyougo Prefecture in Japan sits what appears to be three separate, semi-translucent house forms. However, these three mini-houses are all part of House in Yamasaki, a residence designed by Tato Architects. The primary floor of the house is a slab that lies below, with an open plan and white, ladder-like staircases that lead to a second floor underneath the house-shaped forms and exit to the rooftop patio and garden. The translucency of the skin creates a skylight effect, allowing sunlight to penetrate the house’s volume. White plaster and wooden walls complement the cheery ambiance of the residence, which bears accents of golden yellow by means of a gossamer privacy curtain, and the illumination of the house’s interiors.