Gallery: Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Ma...

It never ceases to amaze us how creative Japanese designers adapt some of the world's most awkward plots of land. Case in point: with only 52 square meters of triangular space to work with, Mizuishi Architect Atelier still managed to create a beautiful, light-filled, spacious home for a small family in Tokyo. It has a vanilla-colored base and a pitched roof clad in chocolate-colored panels that narrows down to an eye-catching point on one end of the home.

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the double story Horinouchi house is no exception.

The open plan lower level is reserved for private rooms and the kitchen, while the upper level is used communally. With windows flanking each end of the home and skylights cut out of the angled roof, every inch of the minimalist abode is penetrated with daylight. Space is becoming one of the world’s most coveted commodities, but if we all lived with a little more Japanese efficiency, there would be more to go around!

+ Mizuishi Architect Atelier

all images © hiroshi tanigawa


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  1. Joe Dobias February 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Dude where is the bathroom? And description is wrong, its obvious from photos bedroom is on ground level and kitchen living room on 1st floor, and the lil kids prison room on 2nd 😀 thats too funny. Actually from practical view, that bedroom on bottom level is weird, entrance doors right in front of you while sleeping, hmm

  2. theplanetfixer October 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    This is a perfect example of “thinking outside the box”! Where most architects would have said:”Impossible” one saw an opportunity to challenge himself in using the few square meters he had with on top of it, a weird lot shape.

    We need more of these examples to relief, heal and improve our Mother Ship and it’s passengers!

    Nice catch!

    Roger Pilon, Editor
    The Planet Fixer Magazine

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