House in Nada: Ultra-Tiny Japanese Home with Multi-Level Living

It is easy to create a contemporary urban home when you have ample space at your disposal. But that task becomes a whole lot trickier when there is limited space to work with and you have to maximize both aesthetics and ergonomics. Nestled in a busy urban neighborhood of Nada, Japan, this modern residence designed by Fujiwarra Muro Architects sits in a very narrow area and looks to make the most of vertical space on offer. In most cases, you would see either designers give up on the project or just create a twin level home with loft bedroom area in its place. But here you discover something entirely different with a small residence that feels much bigger than it really is.

Narrow, multi-level home in Japan with an exterior draped in wood

Central to the design of the house is a stairwell that is filled with slatted wooden boards and creates a lovely display even while ushering natural light into various levels of the house seamlessly. It is the lowest level that contains the living area along with the kitchen and dining space. The dining area becomes the focal point of the setting with the natural light flooding through the ventilation duct inside.

Loft level bedroom of the house with multiple sleeping areas
Lovely little kids’ area on the top level with ventilation duct next to it
Natural light finds way to the lowest level of the house with ease
Roof level of the house with covered vents that bring in light
Slatted tables stairwell provides storage space along with a lovely display
Sliding doors save space while creating a cool entry
Wooden slats placed across the various levels of the house

On the upper level you have the bedrooms along with the kids’ rooms and play areas that feel equally spacious despite the limited room on offer. A perfect slim, modern home which invites light indoors! [Photography: Toshiyuki Yano]

Busy urban setting of Nada holds a smart, space-savvy tiny house
Daytime sees a flood of natural light flow into the living area
Dining area next to kitchen and living space on the lowest level
Floor plan of House in Nada

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