Gallery: Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

This Japanese micro home is called the Near House for a reason - its neighboring buildings are so close that you can touch them. Located in Tokyo, this wood frame two-story house was designed by Mount Fuji Architects Studio for a unique, tiny L-shaped lot that is very narrow at the street and a bit wider in the back. Tight quarters are not unusual in these parts, so this one-bedroom micro home makes the best use of the 66 square-meter lot, and even has room for a private courtyard in the center to help bring in the sun.

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