Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Japanese Home

I have a serious Design Crush on this tiny house I first saw on DesignBoom. “House in Itami” was designed by Tato Architects and is located at the end of a cul de sac in a densely populated town in Japan. Because of dwelling laws in the town, as well as the architect’s desire to make create an exterior area that is easy to use and pass through, the house is very narrow. Because of these parameters the architects had to be very clever when designing the space.

Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Home in Japan

Tato Architects made it a point of making sure each piece is functional, and in some cases items have more than one purpose. The staircase also supports the dining table. This allows for a larger dining and work surface, which we all need from time to time.

Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Home in Japan

Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Home in Japan

The staircases also double as storage. The stairs leading up have drawers under the treads. That’s a clever use of space!

Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Home in Japan

In such a small space design is important. The architects used neutrals which makes the space look larger. The neutrals in all areas also makes the home cohesive, which adds to the airy feeling.

Design Crush: A Cleverly Designed Home in Japan

This house is successful because the architects thought through every detail and planned very carefully. What do you think of this tiny Japanese home?

{photso by koichi torimura}

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