Mountain House – A Japanese Home Squeezed into a Tiny Plot

This odd looking tiny house has been created for a client who needed a garage large enough to fit an SUV, and didn’t want to be disturbed by onlooking neighbors. The house is set in a residential area of Hyogo, Japan, and has been designed by Hiroki + Tomoko Sekiguchi Architects.


Mountain House - Hiroki + Tomoko Sekiguchi - Hyogo Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

Dubbed the Mountain House thanks to its unusual shape, it’s set on a tiny plot and is sandwiched between three adjacent houses. The gently sloping walls are clad with the same material as the roof (some sort of tile; they haven’t said exactly what).


Mountain House - Hiroki + Tomoko Sekiguchi - Hyogo Japan - Garage - Humble Homes

An exterior cantilevered metal staircase leads up to the home’s entrance and into the living quarters. The interior is clad entirely in wood, from the floor to the walls and ceiling. Personally, I think it’s overkill and makes the space feel a lot smaller than it is.


Mountain House - Hiroki + Tomoko Sekiguchi - Hyogo Japan - Kitchen - Humble Homes

There’s really only one room, an open living area with a kitchenette and bathroom to one end of the home, and a living room/study/bedroom at the other. There’s not much space to work with, but the architects have included some built-in storage in the form of shelving that lines some of the walls.

Mountain House - Hiroki + Tomoko Sekiguchi - Hyogo Japan - Living Area - Humble Homes

To maintain the inhabitants privacy, windows have been kept to a minimum. There’s a window in the entrance door and a small picture window at the end of the kitchen. Instead the majority of natural light is supplied by two large skylights – you certainly need it to combat the wood.

For more Japanese houses check out this small family house that features flexible living spaces and a large roof overhang. Or, Kamo House, another family home that’s located in Gigu and designed by A-Un Architects. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: HTS Architects

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.

  1. One of the few “monolith” type structures that doesn’t destroy the surrounding neighborhood. But this plywood fad has got to go. Maybe as an accent, but not the entire thing. Do people really like living in packing crates?

  2. Dee I quite agree with you. And, it looks cheap and nasty to boot. The plywood I mean, not the house itself.

  3. Mary J… it is furnished. Japanese style. They don’t buy stuff to have “stuff” like America and a lot of the western world.

    And sure it is a little too sparse for me, but as the saying goes, less is more. There’s a lot of truth in that. And, you don’t own stuff, stuff owns you.