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.

Yoshihito IkedaBBC News/Video screen capture

Yoshihito IkedaBBC News/Video screen capture

Yoshihito IkedaBBC 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.

Skinny house in Tokyo is barely wider than a parking space (Video)
This video takes us inside an ultra-narrow house in Tokyo, showing how the use of a few clever design tricks to make it feel more spacious.

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