5 Micro Homes by Japanese Architects That Will Surprise You

In the large city of Tokyo, land is scarce and real estate prices are through the roof. This has pushed many of its residents into smaller and smaller apartments. Since the 1990s, architects have been beset by the challenge to create homes on tiny slivers of land leftover from other formal housing projects, or from development in general. The trend to design tiny but environmentally friendly and practical houses has continued until today, with great success.

Here are some of the outstanding micro homes created by urban Japanese architects and their interiors:

STEPS house by Apollo Architects

Photo credit: APOLLO Architects and Associates
Photo credit: APOLLO Architects and Associates

Despite looking rather drab on the outside, this narrow home more than makes up for it in fantastic interior design. Wood is used generously to create a more homely feel to balance out all the concrete, and large windows are fitted around the home to create an impression of increased space. You may not believe it, but this narrow home is the actual residence of two families, both of whom have their own space which don’t overlap.

Photo credit: APOLLO Architects and Associates
Photo credit: APOLLO Architects and Associates

Abiko House, Fuse Atelier

Photo credit: Fuse Atelier
Photo credit: Fuse Atelier

Abiko House’s curvy exterior looks like something out of an abstract art painting, the interior reminds one of a dystopian futuristic scene, complete with curving concrete ceilings. The genius of this design can be seen from the usage of clear glass as partitions, in order to make the house appear like one continuous long gallery, rather than a series of small congested rooms.

Photo credit: Fuse Atelier
Photo credit: Fuse Atelier

Lucky Drops, Atelier Tekuto

Photo credit: Atelier Tekuto
Photo credit: Atelier Tekuto

Atelier Tekuto are well known for their small home designs, but none more fascinating than the Lucky Drops home.in an almost impossible feat, they’ve created a livable space at a width of only 2 meters. Their clients purchased this off piece of land between two neighborhood, and Atelier Tekuto rose to the challenge with a clean space maximizing design where furniture and storage space was incorporated into one side of the house, and the walls were made of semi transparent materials to lessen the feeling of claustrophobia.

Photo credit: Atelier Tekuto
Photo credit: Atelier Tekuto

Hori No Uchi House, Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Photo credit : Mizuishi Architect Atelier
Photo credit : Mizuishi Architect Atelier

This beautiful home is triangular in shape and built on the banks of a river. Its interior is surprisingly spacious, despite it being built on a sliver of land leftover from another housing project. The upper floor is designed to overhang the lower floor, and there’s even a spot of land leftover for a garden. Inside, the bedroom is separated from the rest of the house by curtains, which can be drawn for privacy, or opened up in the day time for more space within the home.

Photo credit : Mizuishi Architect Atelier
Photo credit : Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Garden and Sea House

Photo credit: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Photo credit: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

The lower portion of the house is actually sunken into the ground, so that the garden surrounding the house reaches eye level. The upper portions of the house are designed with windows that are angled towards the sea, emphasizing a visual celebration of its surroundings.

Photo credit: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Photo credit: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

If any of these designs have inspired you to turn your small space into an architectural masterpiece, our talented home renovation contractors are on hand to provide you the services you need to achieve the home of your dreams!


written by Michelle Chee


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