Gorgeous House in Japan is the Perfect Example of How to Utilize Small Spaces

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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Images via Mizuishi Architect Atelier

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