Micro House with Single Car Space Width in Tokyo
Designed by Side Architects that specializes in micro homes has literally been built house on a plot intended for a single car. 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.
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 also 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 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. The total cost of the design and construction rang in at half a million US dollars.