Really skinny lots are common in Japan, and land assembly is difficult. Architects have adapted and produced some really elegant and effective solutions. Eric Morehouse has gathered a number of them together for his site Eye Candy; from left is Lucky Drops by Atelier Tekuto, C house by Jun Aoki, and MOH by Mitsuhiko Sato Architect. Living with less (land, anyways) never looked so good.
A gold mine for future posts at ::Eyecandy