Bud House In Tokyo Features Split Level Living Areas

Another house from Tokyo today, this one is dubbed the Bud House and has been designed by the Japanese architecture firm Flat House. Bud House is set in a dense residential suburb of Tokyo, and features a series of living quarters and a biscuit shop on its ground floor.


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The house is set on a site of 47 square meters (506 square feet), of which it occupies just 26 square meters (280 square feet). The structure was built as close as possible to the neighboring buildings so as to maximise the footprint, and short alleyway provides access to the home and shop.


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Its striking exterior form has cut-away sections replaced by glazed openings, and the overall building height is in-keeping with its neighbors. The interior layout features alternating levels with a central opening that allows light to filter down to all the living areas.


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Apart from the basement, there are no internal dividing walls. Instead, each living area is allocated to one of the seven split levels. This allows people within the home to remain connected despite being in different rooms. Also, you’ll not find a media room in this home, the architects decided that it wasn’t necessary as “people tend to obtain all their information from personal devices” – really quite true, particularly in Tokyo.

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The roof contains to large polygonal skylights that draw in plenty of natural light, as well as providing views of the sky above. A single concrete staircase, located in the middle of the building, provides access to its various levels.

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The split level floor plans helps to maximise of the available space; there’s room for a basement bathroom and storage area, a shop on the ground floor, following by a kitchen and dining area, living area, and bedroom. Unfortunately they haven’t included a toilet, or bathroom in the upper levels, which might be a bit bothersome.

For more Japanese houses check out Montblanc House which features a rooftop deck sheltered by a roof with large openings. Or, Toda House which is raised off of the ground level and features a winding interior floor plan. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Takumi Ota

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.

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