Sitting on top of some of the most expensive property values in the world, the Japanese are fluent in narrow houses on sliver lots. Typically no wider than 15 feet, fitting in all the programmatic requirements requires real design ingenuity. Here are 10 favorites.
Above: In Osaka, Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio increase the available light to this narrow house by rotating the second floor by 14 degrees, angling a pair of rooms towards a large corner window. Photograph by Yohei Sasakura via Dezeen.
On a narrow site in the Nagano section of Tokyo the name of this house 63.02 degrees by Schemata Architects refers to the angle it is inclined toward the front road resulting in a wide angle and deep view of the neighbor's cherry tree. Photo by Takumi Ota via This is Paper.
Unemori Architects laid out a house for a couple and their child to be as small as possible (13 ft X 13 ft) so that it could sit in the center of the of the 110 square foot plot and still have air and light flow around it. Image by via Architizer.
Above: On an L-shaped property in Tokyo, Mount Fuji Architects Studio have built a narrow gate house that leads back to another part of the house: views from from both the street and internal courtyard. Photography by Shigeo Ogawa via Design Boom.
Above: Tokyo and Seoul based Saitoshi Kurosaki of Apollo Architects & Associates have created floor to ceiling windows at the front of this narrow house to take advantage of the views of the park in front. Photograph by Mikihisa Matsuda via Apollo Architects & Associates.
Above: Built on a trapezoidal piece of leftover land, this house measures 2.5 feet at its narrowest point and just under 10 feet at its widest. Architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Tekuto named it "Lucky Drops," which is the Japanese equivalent to "the best for last." Photograph by Makato Yoshida via Atelier Tekuto.
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