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.