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Small House has the footprint of an average sized bedroom

Small House has the footprint ...
"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
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Small House is small living to the max
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Small House is small living to the max
"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
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"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
This incredible 4 x 4 meter (13 x 13 foot) family home pushes architectural boundaries outside of the box
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This incredible 4 x 4 meter (13 x 13 foot) family home pushes architectural boundaries outside of the box
Small House living room
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Small House living room
Secret floor-to-ceiling walls open up the living area to the outside environment
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Secret floor-to-ceiling walls open up the living area to the outside environment
Secret floor-to-ceiling walls open up the living area to the outside environment
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Secret floor-to-ceiling walls open up the living area to the outside environment
Small House kitchen
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Small House kitchen
"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
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"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
To conserve maximum height of each level, 70 mm (2.75 inch) -thick wooden boards serve as the floors and ceilings
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To conserve maximum height of each level, 70 mm (2.75 inch) -thick wooden boards serve as the floors and ceilings
Small House entrance and bedroom
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Small House entrance and bedroom
To conserve maximum height of each level, 70 mm (2.75 inch) -thick wooden boards serve as the floors and ceilings
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To conserve maximum height of each level, 70 mm (2.75 inch) -thick wooden boards serve as the floors and ceilings
The triangular rooftop bathroom gives the impression of an endless bathroom
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The triangular rooftop bathroom gives the impression of an endless bathroom
Spread over four levels, this residential building features two bedrooms, open living and dining room, bathroom and rooftop terrace.
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Spread over four levels, this residential building features two bedrooms, open living and dining room, bathroom and rooftop terrace.
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This incredible 4 x 4 meter (13 x 13 foot) family home pushes architectural boundaries outside of the box. Situated in the highly dense and populated city of Tokyo, "Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average-sized bedroom. Spread over four levels, this residential building features two bedrooms, open living and dining room, bathroom and rooftop terrace.

With a height of 9 meters (29.5 feet), the building is a modern day tower, with each floor being joined by a continuous spiral staircase. To conserve the maximum height of each level, 70 mm (2.75 inch) -thick wooden boards serve as the floors and ceilings, seamlessly connecting the entire home.

"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom
"Small House" is Unemeri Architects' solution to living functionally on a block of land that is smaller than the average sized bedroom

Space around the building's perimeter allows natural light to stream through the rooms on each level, and also creates the illusion of open space. Secret floor-to-ceiling walls open up the living area to the outside environment, once again creating the impression of space, whilst also offering the circulation of fresh air. The triangular rooftop bathroom gives the impression of an endless bathroom, and offers bathing with the best view of the house.

Overall, Unemeri's Small House is a clever use of space and design that provides small living to the max.

Source: Unemeri Architects

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19 comments
DemonDuck
Fold up stairs. No thanks on the high voltage lines 10 feet from my bedroom.
Jon A.
It\'s like a trailer park in the sky.
Caimbeul
You\'re talking about 676 sq.ft. That\'s more than adequate for a small family.
My wife and I lived in a 650 sq.ft. guesthouse with 2 dogs for a spell and the only dislike was that it had an electric stove. We\'d both rather cook with gas. Cripes - it even had 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
ivan4
Nice idea but where do you store anything, or for that matter do any work?
This sort of house is only any good for people that do very little in their spare time and only want a place to eat and sleep.
Nantha
I wonder what the top floor feels like during an earthquake. And how easy will it be trying to run up the spiral staircase, pick up the baby and run down again to escape?
Wombat56
If I lived in one of these vertical houses, I\'d like to have a fire-house brass pole for quick descents, but I doubt this house even has room for that.
davem2
This is silly, while one vertical house uses less land than one conventional house they wouldn\'t come close to the density we already get with a block of normal flats/apartments and that\'s without the hassle of spiral stairs.
bas
All's well until your neighbors plan a similar vertical constructional excercise. Then you realise that it is not the plot that matters but your "airspace" around that plot. Also I would not be very comfortable in such an ultra-density urban development, just look at what happens in shantytowns when fire breaks out.
Matt Fletcher
Let\'s see it furnished, if it doesn\'t look small then I\'ll be surprised. Also did anyone else catch the fact that the toilet is right in front of a full glass of window and that you had to go through the bathroom to get to the rooftop and go outside and back in to get to the tub. I could see the rooftop parties now. Why not just have the ceiling height at 4 ft high (so you could crawl throughout the entire house) and have the floors zigzag upwards to get about 7 floors into 30 ft (who needs to stand.) Can you smell the sarcasm.
Paul Anthony
I like it. If I had a home with a modest back yard and I wanted a grannie flat this would be ideal!