Gallery: Micro House in Tokyo Built On a Single Car Space


We’ve reported on a number tiny houses in Japan that are nearly the size of a parking space, but this is the first house we’ve seen that has literally been built on a plot intended for a single car. Side Architects is a firm that specializes is micro homes, and when a client approached them for the design of a structure on a mini pie-shaped lot next to a busy Tokyo street, they knew exactly what to do. Capitalizing on all available space, every corner of the three-story home is utilized, with south facing floor-to-ceiling windows and a transparent interior moderating the packed dimensions.

The home is the result of the owners’ desire to have custom home in the city of Tokyo. However, given the lofted housing prices permeating throughout the metropolis, they took their limited budget and joined the kyosho jutaku, or micro home trend, that is driving innovative design on the island nation.

Situated on a lot of only 30 square meters shaped like a slice of pizza, the home features a number of smart design initiatives that manage to make the most of the compacted space. The entrance to the home contains a spiral stair case that is able to save room by cutting the corners, thus becoming a triangle; tucked away storage is everywhere, behind walls, curtains and inside corners; and  built-in furniture and mini appliances and fixture reduce the overall clutter. The exterior windows are shaded by louvers not only to reduce heat gain and noise, but to provide light and a views throughout the home. Interior doors are made from glass in order to reduce the boxy feel of the rooms.

The total cost of the design and construction rang in at half a million US dollars – or what you’d consider in Tokyo to be a “bargain.”



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  1. nene March 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    This case study has been one of the iconoclasts of KJ kyosho jutaku. From the view point of a photographer taking interior shoots, there must be some panning.

  2. Jerry Sessions November 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Wish there were better pics of the kitchen, bath and the rest of the interior. The arty shots of the steps are cute but pretty worthless.

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