Set in a tightly-planned neighborhood in Osaka, the home makes the most of a limited lot. The face of the home is a fully glazed to maximize daylighting, and it’s set deep into the lot for privacy and to control heat gain in the summer. The living space has two-story floor-to-ceiling windows, which makes the limited floor area seem much more generous. The centerpiece of the home is an elegantly ascending open staircase. The layout provides central access to the verticality of the floor plan but still allows for view corridors from front to back — a smart strategy to keep the home from feeling claustrophobic.
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Amazing Japanese Micro House is Only Ten Feet Wide Inside
by Andrew Michler, 08/26/10
filed under: Architecture
The Showa-cho House in Osaka Japan is an amazingly airy residence despite its miniscule 59 x 13-foot lot. Architect Fujiwara Muro made incredible use of the limited space available by building up and splitting the home in half with a staircase, which acts as both a transition space and delineates the private and public sides of the home without a wall. Plenty of daylight flows in, and a simplified modern interior streamlines the space, adding a tranquil feeling to a home dictated by a ten foot-wide interior dimension.
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