There are many perks to living in a dense urban environment, but if you want to enjoy the airy feel of a modern, efficient home, the right lot could be hard to come by. Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects feel that your design should never be limited by the space available. This amazingly skiny Tokyo micro-house isn't quite seven-feet-wide, but it hides a comfortable living space you have to see to believe.
Called “House K”, the structure is almost 30-feet-high and it holds 1,700 feet of living space. At the most narrow space in the house, a normal adult could almost touch both walls at once. Because space is at a premium, Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects had to come up with other clever ways to imitate the feeling of wide-open space. The house has two halves—one is slender and one is a bit chubbier, and the doorways that connect each side are open and breezy, without any doors.
Long corridors on each floor of the three-story house divide it into two uneven halves, which together contain enough room to accommodate two families. Kitchens, bathrooms, closets and a small bedroom are all contained in the slender wing of the house, while larger bedrooms and living rooms occupy the wider half.
Strategically placed windows and a white interior help give House K a light, breezy feel – far different from the claustrophobia you might expect looking at its narrow shape. In addition to being a clever demonstration of modern design, House K is also a demonstration of the future of the residential space. Designed to act as a duplex without dividing walls, this space-efficient house could act as a prototype for cooperative living arrangements that build community without sacrificing privacy.