Tiny Japanese Townhouse Is Set On a 33 Square Meter Site

If you like minimalist homes then this town-house may be for you. Located in Tokyo the house is set on a site that measures just 355 square feet (33 square meters) and actually consists of two separate rental units. It’s been designed by local firm Niji Architects.


Townhouse in Takaban - Niji Architects - Tokyo - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house is set within the residential district of Takaban. Both of the two units contain three floors, and the exact same internal layout. Each of the floors make use of varying ceiling heights to help create a sense of spaciousness despite its limited floor plan.


Townhouse in Takaban - Niji Architects - Tokyo - Kitchen - Humble Homes

Natural light enters the home through two main openings: a large skylight placed at the top of the stairwell and a full-width window. From the architects: “Through the play of light and shadow, the tenants experience the cycle of the day, and their life becomes something a bit more special in the softly ascending vertical space.”


Townhouse in Takaban - Niji Architects - Tokyo - Staircase and Bathroom - Humble Homes

The exterior is clad with white steel sheeting and features a very plain façade. The interior, like the exterior, is mostly a blank canvas of white walls. According to the architects this helps create an “abstract impression of nothing but space”, with light and shadow forming the visual experience.

Townhouse in Takaban - Niji Architects - Tokyo - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The first floor is occupied by a generous entrance along with an equally generous bathroom. The bathroom is separated rest of the floor by a glass partition. The second storey contains an open plan room that’s intended to function as the kitchen, living room and dining area.

Townhouse in Takaban - Niji Architects - Tokyo - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The third and final floor of the home is the bedroom. It’s also the smallest room in the house. From the architects: “It is hoped that each tenant from now on will also bring a bit of their own color and enjoy a little bit of special in their life.”

For more Japanese houses check out this family home that wraps it’s living spaces around a central void. Or how about this small multi-generational home by Kasa Architects. See all Japanese houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Niji

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. Have a question. Is there 2 bathrooms or just one. One reason I am asking if that the first picture, I am not sure that a shower is there with built in space so that the individual can step away from the shower and not slip on the floor or that the water does not flow unto the wooden floors and possibly slip there also. The second picture, What is the gray thing to the right of the picture across from the tub? Is it electric vent or some type of storage? If electric, no, no , no . dangerous but if storage, how is it composed. Don’t want mildew especially with shower fixtures. 1st picture, like the open space but would have curtains up for privacy though I would also like to a bookcase or two nor just for books but for groceries. One of the best storage items I have ever bought is a filing cabinet. You can hold your files, juices, can goods, your cleaning supplies. You can also get them cheap at thrift stores and paint them yourselves. You can use them as 2, 4, 5 drawers for storage for a smaller space and possibly put on chalkboard paint and use for teaching or homework or drawing. The possibilities are endless.

  2. If you are replying to my suggestions in my post, thank you. I have used filing cabinets for years including where I am living now in Idaho. Several pieces of my furniture were damaged but not the filing cabinets. Yea!!! Have a great day.