This deceptively tiny house, designed by Japanese architect Kota Mizuishi for studio Mizuishi Architect Atelier, is situated by a riverside in Suginami, one of the numerous wards in Tokyo.
Completed in 2011, the two-story contemporary residence, dubbed as the “House in Horinouchi”, maximizes its microscopic 595-square-foot space into a spacious abode for a family of three: a husband, wife, and a little girl.
The practical design utilizes every inch of space of the plot in accordance with what local permits and regulations allowed.
The unit’s upper floor, which houses a bedroom, a kitchen/dining room, and a living room, even cantilevers forward to shelter a parking spot below.
Integrated between two rectangular windows are a narrow desk and a balcony.
“The [first floor] is divided into small areas by structural narrow walls, being connected with one by the ridgeline of the roof, so there are different open feelings [as well as] relations with the river,” Mizuishi told Dezeen. “Although it’s a novel site [in] a limited area, I wanted to design [it with] various relations with the river.”
There is also an elevated small loft accessible by a ladder which takes advantage of natural illumination during the day.
A spacious master bedroom and bathroom are well placed on its ground floor.
With its impressive use of very little available space, this architectural marvel is nothing short of a modern work of art. Check out Mizuishi Architect Atelier’s more recent works here.
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