Surrounding Articulations is a design research on how to realize special types of single family houses in Amsterdam. In this study the urbanism of Tokyo was a major inspiration. In three chosen test locations I’ve tolerated houses on areas that were never seen as possible places to live before. I’ve designed a house for myself on a plot and, after analyzing my design, I made a short list of strict rules where the design of the house needs to cope with. And then I tried to find a way to place all the other houses. Through using rules as tools, I wanted to create a nicer environment. In this way a win-win situation is created. More special homes, nicer neighborhoods.