Could you live in a house that’s just 1.8 meters (about 6 feet) wide? You might not have much choice in land-scarce Tokyo. Luckily, YUUA Architects and Associates have set a great example of livable yet compact living in their skinny 1.8m-Width House. Using height to make up for the lot’s narrow footprint, the architects brings natural light deep into the building through a large street-facing glazed facade.
YUUA Architects and Associates designed the super narrow home for a couple and their two cats. In addition to bringing in natural light, the street-facing floor-to-ceiling windows create the illusion of a larger home by extending sight lines out into the city. To preserve privacy, the main living areas and bedrooms are tucked into the rear of the 11-meter-deep building. The minimalist interior is made up of dark-colored walls, timber flooring and metal surfaces. The steel-frame construction minimized the need for interior columns and lighting fixtures are installed onto the walls, rather than the ceilings, to maximize space.
The house is divided into four main levels: a semi-sunken storage basement; a study area and bedroom on the second floor; an open-plan kitchen, living room, and dining area on the floor above; and a bathroom, terrace, and bedroom on the topmost level. However, each floor steps down in elevation from the front of the house to the rear; the raised half floors at the front of the house block views into the home. The main staircase is located at the back of the house and illuminated by natural light from the above skylight. A secondary staircase leads down to the basement.
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