Tokyo’s impermanent skinny house

Tokyo’s impermanent skinny house made to age well with owners by -video: Kirsten Dirksen/ youtube

Inheritance taxes on land in Japan means plots often get smaller as they are passed on. This “divide and sell” phenomenon in Tokyo translates into some very tiny home sites. When architects Masahiro and Mao Harada were tasked with creating a home on a lot only 2 meters (6.5 feet) wide at its narrowest point, they chose to interpret small as “near” and use the small scale to their advantage…

The living room and kitchen are upstairs and feature another wall-sized window that makes the space feel large and open. One wall is lined with bookshelves and long wood boards line the ceiling to create the illusion of space.

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