The main part of the house is less than two meters wide.
It’s getting cramped about the place in cities around the world. Even in “small” Oslo, which makes the small town count towards many other big cities, one is actively planning how to pinch more houses and apartment buildings wherever possible and utilize space between other buildings for new homes – so-called landfill architecture.
Few places may be the drive for houses and homes as intrusive as in Japan’s capital, Tokyo, where millions of people are going to build and live on it – compared to the vast number of people – is a relatively small area. The result is creative home and a unique architecture that has put Japan on the map as one of the most innovative places in the world in terms of houses, homes and interior. And according to the design and architecture site, this house is a good example of this:
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When two young families came to the architects of Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, the task was this: Draw a semi-detached house that would serve as home for both families – and on a plot that only measured 161m2 and was in a densely populated area of Tokyo.
– In relation to this project, the challenge was both to create a home that would work not only for one but two whole families, but also in creating a feeling and illusion of more space than it really is had available, explains architect Hiroyuki Shinozaki to the design site Arch Daily.
The solution the architects found were sharing the house in two different parts, both of which should be used by both families and satisfy different living needs.
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The narrowest part of the house, which is actually so narrow that you can touch both walls while standing upright, houses kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes and a small bedroom while the somewhat wider part of the home contains more bedrooms and living areas.
– The house is not – as you may be accustomed to from other twin houses – divided equally between two families, who live on their own separately and separately, explains Shinozaki.
– Long corridors in each of the three floors share the house into two different halves, which together contain enough room and space for both families.
In an effort to maximize light and space, the architects decided to drop inside doors in the narrow duplex.
The “holes” connecting the various rooms with the corridors are open and without doors, explains architect Shinozaki to the design and architecture site Inhabitat.
– There are many ways a unique solution to a semi-detached house, where two families come and go, and form a relationship to each other through the way the rooms and the accommodation are divided into.
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The narrowest part of the house, which is also the tallest, measures less than two meters in width. Then it goes without saying that closed doors would help to make it basically narrow space even narrower and darker.
– Instead of doors, the “holes” make the walls between rooms and corridors that residents can communicate with each other from different parts of the house.
Sharing in rooms
In K-House, as the architects called the Tokyo House, which was completed in 2011, focus has been on creating living zones, located in the widest part of the house, which each family has more private and community zones, in the narrowest part of the house, which is shared between both families.
– The house works because the important interaction between private and common, explains Shinozaki.
The narrow corridor, which measures only 1.8 meters in width but is 9 meters tall, leaves with its many windows a lot of light and air into the home.
– From the outside, I think many people expect the inside of the narrowest part of the building to be both dark and claustrophobic, explains the architect.
– But the strategically placed windows make the entire home have a light and airy feel.
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The architect explains that K House is not just a good example of modern design, but believes that the way one has managed to “divide” the house to work for two families can also be where the future of Japanese housing is.
– We believe that the way we managed to create a duplex home without using part-walls is unique, explains Shinozaki.
– The house is very area-efficient and has all the rooms two families may need, and can in all ways act as a prototype for cohabitants. Here, local communities and communities are built without sacrificing privacy and self-esteem.
Want a home that is minimalist
In Japanese architecture, one of the theories of interior is that the home should promote a lifestyle based on minimal simplicity and self-reflection. This theory is evident in this home, which is so raw and minimal in interior and decoration that it is probably mostly made for most.
– This entire home is a good example of Japanese minimalism, describing the design site Dezeen.
The interior is dominated by rough gray concrete. Furniture is kept to a minimum, and only the absolute most necessary takes place.
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The idea is partly that houses should function before form but also that the materials themselves are beautiful and should be allowed to be in their natural state, explains the website, which emphasizes that this is often the case in Japanese architecture.
So even though this extremely narrow and minimally furnished accommodation can seem tight and cold for us Northerners, this is not at all unusual conditions for homeowners in the Japanese capital.
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