images credit aat+makoto yokomizo architects
TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste on less money, but with more design. He calls it "LifeEdited." You can help: Enter the LifeEdited design competition and win up to $70,000 in prizes and the opportunity to design the apartment!
You really need to have a life edited to live in these tiny Japanese apartments designed by aat+makoto yokomizo architects in the lively and exhibitionist Shinjuku district of Tokyo.
The architects take advantage of the 3.4 (11'-2") meter ceiling height to raise the bathroom off the floor and "create free space beneath for the inhabitant's individual use," although not very much space- that stair appears to be on drawer slides of some kind so that it can move under the bathroom, and there isn't sufficient height to stand there.
One hopes that the occupants are as good looking as the apartments because one will see a lot of them- "the street facade of the apartment is highly transparent, putting each unit's activity on a composite display." The architect tells designboom:
The kitchen and dining zone benefits from the floor-to-ceiling windows in expanding the space. Subtle round edges are employed for the walls to trick the eye into making corners look undefined and infinite.
Although I am sure they are grateful for what appear to be built in blinds at the ceiling and intermediate beam level. One would certainly have to be a minimalist here; there appears to be be no built in storage whatsoever, even a kitchen cabinet. It is the other extreme from what I see in a lot of the LifeEdited competition entries, where I think sometimes that the designers are squeezing too much into the space. One can agree with Mies that less is more, but sometimes perhaps just a little bit more would be nice....
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