This tiny house in Tokyo, Japan is only thirteen feet wide.
It’s 30 feet high and built on a 112 square foot lot – that’s less square footage than a standard metal shipping container!
It’s designed for a three member family, and it only has one bathroom – something that’s quite common in Japan.
The designers didn’t get greedy with using every square inch of the lot, and instead decided to build up rather than out.
They left a healthy amount of space around the central structure. Doing this eliminated the need for a setback and allows the wind to circulate around the home.
Large windows and doors that open out help bring light and air inside the tall home.
The architects chose to build the house in the center of the lot to eliminate the need for a setback.
The main floor has lots of light thanks to large windows on either side of the room.
It’s easy to get caught gazing out the windows.
A corner window adds natural light to the kitchen.
Inside the kitchen area at night.
Thin floors maximize head room on each level.
Close-up of the spiral staircase.
It’s common for windows in Japanese houses to look out directly at the neighboring building. The Japanese don’t seem to mind, and prefer the natural light the window provides over the unsightly appearance.
The roof level is my favorite part of the house. You can see the shower and bathroom in this picture.
From across the street.
There’s nothing too fancy about this layout.
Beautiful glow from inside the house at dusk.
The spiral staircase and thin floors work so well in this house. I love the huge window in the main room, too.