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624 Sq. Ft. 3-Story Small House in Japan

Check out this 3-story 624 sq. ft. house in Japan. The architects, Takahashi Maki and Associates, call it the “White Hut and Tilia Japanica”.


Set in a older residential community this small house sits much higher than it’s neighbors.

The large windows of the home give the owner views of the surrounding area.

Heading inside the house you would find on the ground floor the bedroom with space for a small desk.

On the second floor you will find the kitchen, dining and living area.

The top level would be my favorite. Along not pictured here that is where you would find a large and luxurious bathroom.

Would this type of small house design work for you?

624 Sq. Ft. 3-Story Small House in Japan

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Images © shigeta satoshi/nacasa & partners inc

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Images © shigeta satoshi/Nacasa & Partners inc

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  • Ruth November 20, 2014, 9:24 am

    This is most interesting! My first thought on seeing the lead picture was
    “too bad it has to be located right near high power electrical lines….very poor choice for one’s health.” Sorry….

    • Lon November 20, 2014, 7:22 pm

      ha! it’s not high power lines it’s common black spaghetti poles – just cable, fibre-optics, telephone, electricity and whatever comes along crowded onto the same poles … found nearly every 20~30 yards down every populated street …

  • Fred November 20, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Interesting design, but it wouldn’t work for me. I’ve been living in a 3 story 2,100 square foot townhouse for the last 30 years. When our last adult child finally moves out, I’d like to build and move into a simple, shed-roofed, circa 700 square foot rectangle 1 story, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, open floor plan, super-insulated and/or earth-bermed, long tall side glassed and facing south.

    • Bonnie Lynch November 20, 2014, 7:38 pm

      Fred, that’s exactly what my husband and I want to do when we sell our 1600-sf home in Portland, OR. If you have any great designs to pass along, I’d love to see them! I have a few I can share too.

      • Paul November 21, 2014, 3:22 am

        Bonnie & Fred, you should have a look at Nils Pearson’s cottage @ 800 sq ft.

        To me, and many others, it is Fab. You. Luss.

        See: http://www.green-building.com/projects/river-road/

        • Bonnie Lynch November 21, 2014, 12:06 pm

          Thanks for the link, Paul. I agree that the home is fabulous! If money were no object, I might go for that design, but I am actually hankering for one like this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/garden/freedom-in-704-square-feet.html?_r=0
          The simple roof, open floor plan, and space for home office and books are huge for me.

        • Paul November 30, 2014, 1:25 am

          Interesting… that design leave me cold. I just could not live in that place. But hey, that’s me, and just because it doesn’t suit me, well, no matter, it’s what suits you that counts. For you. Of course. : )

  • Julie November 20, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Better hope no one needs to use the restroom urgently or in the middle of the night. Talk about a nightmare! Put the bedroom on top, the bath in the middle for fair access day and night, and main living/eating area on the first floor.

  • Anne November 20, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Counter-intuitive given how most currently live, it’s true. But practical. After all, where is the first place most of us head when we walk in the door? The bedroom – – to change clothes. Makes perfect sense when you think about it.

    The bathroom so far from the bedroom, otoh . . . .

    • Julie B November 20, 2014, 10:44 pm

      In my case I’m usually running to the little girls room first when I get home, then to change, then to the kitchen to make some food! So let’s see, bathroom on the bottom, bedroom in the middle and kitchen on the top! HAHAHAH

  • Doc November 23, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Let’s see…. Very nice finishes and good use of space. Its taller than the surrounding structures so it has commanding views of the area. It only makes sense then that the best views be reserved for time spent on the throne!?!?
    I prefer the layout mentioned above. Entering the living area for a more traditional home feel. Seems better for entertaining.
    Put the bath on the next level for the same reasons.
    The the bedroom on the third level. Great sunrise/sunset views as you begin and end your day. It would also keep people from traipsing through your sleeping area. I’m more private the way. If you had to have the bedroom on the main floor it would make more sense if the bed were a Murphy style or some other hideaway type.
    Oh yes, that 1/2 bath attached to the bedroom is a must. The little woman rises multiple times in the night. Two flights away would mean those stairs would have to be washable in the other layout!
    But alas, the stairs would have undone us. We just moved to a smaller place on first floor to preserve her two new knees! So ultimately, no it wouldn’t work. But again, very well done home for the space they have to work with.

  • Jeremy November 26, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Looks like the Japanese have done it again. They are the masters of efficient living design.

  • Josh December 5, 2014, 11:42 am

    Was just going to say how intriguing this design was, then I saw it – the bathroom. A two-story trip to the toilet in the middle of the night is both a pain in the neck and a significant hazard. Your exhausted, you’re drowsy and half-asleep stumbling up and down stairs – one misstep and, well, then it really will be a pain in the neck.

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