The Near House is a micro house from Tokyo, Japan. It’s called the Near House due to it’s close proximity to the neighbouring buildings; they’re only an arms reach away. The house is nestled on a 66-square meter lot, and has a total floor area of 75-square meters (807 sq ft).
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this home is that it is split up into two volumes – a gate house and the main house. The gate house is a slim, two story structure which provides an entry to the home. The bottom floor acts as a dedicated entrance, providing access to the courtyard and the top floor, accessed by a ladder, acts as a study with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The small courtyard sandwiched between the two buildings creates a private space for the owners, while also allowing the buildings to draw more natural light than if the home had been built as a single enclosed structure. The rear building is slighter larger than the entrance/study and contains the bedroom, bathroom, living, and dining areas. The bathroom and bedroom are located on the first floor, with the living and dining areas found on the second floor.