A Small, Funky Japanese House

Tokyo, Japan is ranked as the worlds most populated city, with 34 million inhabitants squeezed into an area of just 8000 square kilometers. As a result, land/housing in Tokyo is at a premium and people are finding themselves living in and building smaller homes to help offset the costs. This small, rather oddly shaped house was designed by Atelier Tekuto, and with a total floor space of 480 square feet, it’s a cosy little home in a mega-city of towering skyscrapers and apartment blocks.


The architect, Yasuhiro Yamashita, designed the house so as to appear as though it had been crushed and crammed into it’s small lot – hence it being named, ‘Reflection of a Mineral House’. The odd exterior form is mirrored on the interior, which is full of unusual twists and folds. The home is finished in a minimalist white palette and with wood floors throughout; the intention being to keep the focus on the form of the home.

The Mineral House


The Mineral House Kitchen

The Mineral House Living Area


The Mineral House Bathroom

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Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.