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Small Homes in Japan

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In many cities, space is limited. These seven Japanese homes feature innovative storage options, tiny gardens and modern design.

House in Yasunami by TENK
House in Yasunami is a minimal home located in Kochi, Japan, designed by TENK.
House in Iwakura by Airhouse
House in Iwakura is a minimal home located in Aichi, Japan, designed by Airhouse.
House in Ohguchi by Airhouse
House in Ohguchi is a minimal residence located in Aichi, Japan, designed by Airhouse.
Concrete planters frame the facade—a union of monolithic slabs that offers privacy and compositional integrity to the…
The milky-white, one-and-a-half-inch thick polycarbonate plastic panels keep its inhabitants from being seen from the…
The distance between site and structure is more dramatic in the evening when light shines through the sunken glass…
Konishi and Mika play a string game in the tatami room under a skylight meant for moon gazing. Don't miss a word of…
Skewed geometries and a dramatically pitched roof characterize the House in Rokko, designed by Fujiwara-Muro Architects…
Curtain Wall House (Tokyo, Japan: 1995) Taking the idea of an outer wall, and the concept of a shoji screen, to an…
The couple asked for a “no maintenance, not low maintenance” backyard. However, Shino tends to “Carlsbad's largest…
Yurika Ninomiya says good morning to busy central Nagoya from her third-floor bedroom while husband Takuya opens up the…
The house is surrounded by buildings on all sides except its south facade, which faces the street. An expansive…
Three-year-old Ran Sugiura peers out the front door of her Tokyo home, a concept-driven yet surprisingly livable piece…
Hōsen-in (2011) - The absence of windows frames the gardens as a natural extension of the meditation space. The effect…
A series of open, street-facing gardens make up this five-story, 700-square-foot home in Tokyo, Japan. Called Garden &…
The family sits around, and under in the case of four-year-old Kaz’ma, the sunken table for a snack. Makiko made the…
The back of the house has sliding doors that open far enough to expose the entire livingroom to the families' back yard.
The second floor features this clever storage design—a “hidden space,” as co-design studio refers to it.
The top of the house is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets from Sanwa…
At the client’s request the kitchen contains neither upper cabinets (Shino can’t reach them) nor an oven (they only…
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