Compact Japanese home doubles as a bakery

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Whether they are the size of a parking space, or heated by compost, we've noted before how Japan's unique real estate market and relatively non-litigious tendencies have contributed to the well-known avant-garde weirdness found in its plethora of tiny homes. Mixing a boutique bakery with a residence, this multi-storey small home by Flathouse has oodles of the requisite Japanese quirkiness and ingenuity, which allows it to maximize an irregularly shaped site.

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© Flathouse

Measuring a decent 833 square feet, the minimalist design of the "Bud House" has staggered floors with no partitions to create a greater feeling of openness and size. Though it may seem like it doesn't offer any privacy, this pales in comparison with other much more (literally) transparent homes in Japan.

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© Flathouse
© Flathouse

The small bakery, open to the public, occupies the ground level, while a central white staircase is the main feature connecting all these staggered floors. There is a bathroom in the concrete-walled basement. Quick access between areas is the key; this stair link allows the shop owner to tend to business, and tend to domestic duties as well, without the hassle of opening doors and visual and physical division of space.

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© Flathouse
© Flathouse

Striking a bold profile with its steeply sloped roof and chevron-tiled facade and interiors, the top floors are naturally well-lit, thanks to the building's dynamic form.

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It's yet another one-of-a-kind Japanese home that is compact but maximizes all available space in a clever fashion; check out more over at Flathouse.

Tags: Architecture | Japan | Less Is More | Small Spaces

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