We all knew that space is rare in Japan but a house that’s just 1.8 meters in width is a rarity. Even in such a densely populated area like Tokyo. The house was built in the Toshima area, a northwestern (yeah, like Kanye’s daughter) district of the Japanese mega-city. I’ve been following Yuua architects for some time now and like most of the Asian based architecture firms they really know how to work with small spaces. The pictures they provided are great (that’s why I’m sharing them) but a look inside the small building when the owners are actually living there would be even more fascinating. You know, with all their stuff in there.
My grandfather would instantly ask where they’re are storing all their books and I’m asking where are they putting up a TV for a nice cozy living room area. It all looks nice now that the place is practically empty but as soon as people are actually living there I’m sure it gets messy pretty fast. Especially because there are a few built-in storing options – a thing which would be really important to me if I ever got in the comfortable positions of owning a house.
Regardless of practicality, the whole building has a very Eames vibe to it – at least that’s what I’m feeling, even if I’m risking to sound like a total douche. The whole wooden structure with perforated metal elements reminds me a lot of this bookcase.
All images © Toshihiro Sobajima