Skinny house in Tokyo is barely wider than a parking space (Video)

Yoshihito Ikeda
Video screen capture BBC News

Skinny urban land lots present a difficult design challenge, especially when they are as thin as they are in ultra-dense cities like Tokyo. Here, with a lot that is barely wider than a parking space, Japanese architect Yoshihito Ikeda makes this tight space seem much larger than it is with the help of a few vital design decisions. Check out the video tour from the BBC:

With the use of an open staircase, sliding doors and integrated storage all over the house, Ikeda was able to make the house -- which is less than six and a half feet wide -- feel more spacious and livable.

BBC News/Video screen capture
BBC News/Video screen capture
BBC News/Video screen capture

Japan is well-known for its sliver-thin houses, as property values in metropolitan centres like Tokyo are prohibitively expensive, and the use of narrow lots like this may mean the difference between living in a small apartment or a multi-storey house. In any case, the result is a carefully thought-out dwelling that maximizes the available area and builds up, rather than out.

Of course, Japan doesn't have a monopoly on thin houses -- check out this skinny house makeover in London, the world's skinniest house at four feet wide, and our other posts on skinny but attractive houses.

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