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Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families
Posted By Beth Buczynski On August 29, 2012 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Building | No Comments
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.
Via Dezeen 
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URLs in this post:
 Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects: http://www.shnzk.com/
 micro-house: http://inhabitat.com/super-skinny-horinouchi-house-reaches-the-pinnacle-of-space-management-in-japan/
 narrow shape: http://inhabitat.com/tokyo%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Csmall-house%E2%80%9D-is-a-super-narrow-tower-thats-only-13-ft-wide/
 duplex: http://inhabitat.com/california-dreaming-bold-tasmanian-duplex-renovation-works-passively-to-reduce-its-impact/
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/08/23/house-k-by-hiroyuki-shinozaki-architects
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