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October 22, 2013
In many cities, space is limited. These seven Japanese homes feature innovative storage options, tiny gardens and modern design.
prefab japan tiny small house home interior exterior facade moriyama

In this prefab compound, inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama and six rental tenants, each room is partitioned in a separate box. This innovative design, created by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa, features a living room that functions publicly as well as an open outdoor area. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in Building Blocks
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millennium city japan commune home tiny

Millennium City is an experiment in sustainable living created by Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi. The buildings utilize natural light by using floor-to-ceiling windows as walls. Inhabitants of the commune use the space as a way to escape from the hustle of nearby Tokyo. Photo by Alessio Guarino.

Originally appeared in 7 More Smart Modern Homes in Japan
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Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

A kaidan dansu, or staircase cabinet, is a traditional way to utilize space in Japan. In this 1,078-square-foot home located in the city of Koriyama, Nihonmatsu-based architect Kotaro Anzai created a custom-built arrangement that the residents use to store items in an organized but innovative way. Photo by Osamu Abe.

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Originally appeared in Top Drawer
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Dwell my house 2009 saitama japan child group architecture design interior modernism portrait residence

Located in a tightly-packed neighborhood in busy Tokyo, lies a small home built with black metal facade. Motoshi Yatabe, along with his architect brother-in-law, created the space which includes an enclosed terrace and a large, multi-purpose room used as a living area, dining room, and kitchen space. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan
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oak boards in tiny tokyo home

Designed by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, this small Tokyo home features an array of wood, from oak boards hammered into a herring-bone pattern of the walls and ceiling to wooden furniture. “Using a different material for the wall versus the ceiling versus the floor has become a symbol that signifies a typical ‘house,’” says Masahiro Harada. “I wanted to get away from that." Photo by Ryota Atarashi.

Originally appeared in Compact Wooden Home in Japan
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watanbe japan home design

West of Tokyo, this sustainable home, features everything from a wind generator to natural moss-planted insulation. The module, roughly 20-by-8 feet in size, stands as a model for eco-friendly innovation. Photo by Alessio Guarino.

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Originally appeared in Simply Sustainable
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Plastic and steel house in Hiroshima Japan with luminescent facade by Suppose

This luminous home, designed by architect Makoto Tanijiri, was innovated as a way to confound convention. “We were able to mix categories that are usually separate,” says Tanijiri. “Walls became windows and windows became walls.” Photo by Toshiyuki Yano.

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Originally appeared in Glowing Box Home in Japan
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prefab japan tiny small house home interior exterior facade moriyama

In this prefab compound, inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama and six rental tenants, each room is partitioned in a separate box. This innovative design, created by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa, features a living room that functions publicly as well as an open outdoor area. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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