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Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Posted By Andrew Michler On August 10, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 6 Comments

Yasuhiro Yamashita, kyosho jutaku, Japan Micro house, Japanese Micro, tile facade, micro green building,Photo by Reinhard Hunger for The New York Times

The home’s interior spaciousness is enhanced by a well-lit visual grid that creates tremendous depth. The home’s walls consist of a series of a boxes [6] measuring 900mm wide × 450mm high × 300mm deep that are bolted together, providing a sturdy support system in this earthquake-prone region. Between each horizontal box is a small window that provides diffuse light from the surrounding city while maintaining privacy. The exterior is clad in low-maintenance ceramic tile, which enhances its thermal performance and helps to insulate the interior from the noise of the street.

The home combines a kitchen, living room and bedroom on the main floor. A small basement, an upper floor, and a roof deck complete the floor plan. The box’s gridded interior [7] allows for robust storage, eliminating the need for furniture. The design is a fascinating example of the micro home movement in Japan that was bred from prohibitively expensive land prices. The money saved by building on such a small lot was used to create a unique and powerful vision instead.

+ Atelier TEKUTO [1]

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[1] Yasuhiro Yamashita: http://tekuto2.squarespace.com/

[2] Lucky Drops: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/04/lucky-drops-is-a-lantern-like-japanese-micro-home/

[3] micro home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/02/small-space-living-tiny-house-trend-grows-bigger/

[4] hypnotic interior: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=148025

[5]  : http://inhabitat.com/extraordinary-japanese-micro-home-built-from-a-grid-of-boxes/new-1-47/?extend=1

[6] boxes: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=148027

[7] interior: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=148066

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