Too Tiny? – This is a Room at the Nine Hours Hotel in Kyoto

This futuristic capsule hotel can be found in Kyoto, Japan. Called the Nine Hours hotel, it features state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are available for nine hours. The design of the minimalist hotel was led by Masaaki Hiromura and Takaaki Nakamura of Design Studio S.Capsule hotels are neither new nor a novelty in Japan, they’ve been around since the 70′s, providing late-night workers or people that have missed the last train a source of accommodation for the night.” – Niall

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595 Square Foot Small Home in Horinouchi

This small house with a triangular floor plan sits on a narrow sliver of lot wedged between a road and a river channel in west Tokyo. Designing the house for a couple and their young daughter, MIZUISHI Architect Atelier maximized the interior space by pushing the walls and roof to the limits of the permitted building envelope. Still, the house has only 55.2 m2 (595 ft2) of floor space over two floors, plus a mezzanine loft. The interior appears larger than that though, thanks to sightlines that extend the length of the house and spaces that borrow from adjacent spaces.” – Small House Bliss

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Mini Multi-Generational Home

This comptemorary Japanese house has been designed by Atelier HAKO Architects on the behalf of a family. The house caters for two generations of the family with separate residences split the homes four levels.Both residences contain a living room, kitchen and dining area, bedrooms and a bathroom. There’s even some space left over for storage and a hallway.” – Niall

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Danchi Hutch by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects

Danchi Hutch is a basic box of a house, humble and inexpensive but with a very functional layout. It has a carriage house design, with a small upper floor living area over a garage space below.” …Continues

Tiny Houses in Japan

This story on Japanese Microhouses was a very popular this past week, I had several readers pass it along to me. Tiny houses are nothing new in Japan of course and it’s inspiring to see how their leading architectural designers transform tiny city lots with tiny homes that feel big inside.

Read and Listen to this story from NPR

Thanks again to Ryan, Dick, and Yvonne for tipping me off to this story.

Beetle’s House

This tiny house designed by Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and is now on display at the V&A Museum in London.

It’s part of an exhibit called 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces. Nineteen architects were invited to submit proposals and seven were selected to be built at full-scale.

Beetle’s house is designed to host an English variation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The entry is through the floor via a ladder. Read more about Beetle’s House at Design Boom.

Thanks again for passing this onto me Dav!

Photo credit Pasi Aalto.