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6 Ft. Wide Multi-Story Modern Tiny House

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Designed by YUUA Architects in Japan, this miniature home is only about 5 feet, 11 inches wide and slightly over 36 feet tall, about the height of a three story home. With its clean and minimalist design, each room in this house serves a single, well-defined purpose and makes small space living a treat. In fact, most rooms have their own floor.

Entrance into the building grants you access to the ground floor, where you are immediately greeted by a set of stairs. Choose between going to the basement and discovering a surprising amount of storage space, and going upstairs to the study lounge. The unvarnished wooden floor in the study lounge gives the area a modern rustic vibe. Another quarter-flight of stairs leads you to a small bedroom, which has enough space only for a small bed.

By now you’ll notice that walking up the stairs allows you to see where the ceiling of one story becomes the floor of another, as the ceiling/floor is only about a foot thick.

6 Ft. Wide Multi-Story Modern Tiny House

Could You Live in a House That Is Only 6 Feet Wide?

Images © YUUA

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On the next level is a kitchen and dining space that is larger than any other area in the house besides the basement. The simple, clutter-free design of the kitchen counter, which also doubles as a dining table, makes the space feel roomier than it actually is.

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Images © YUUA

To get to the next story, you climb a ladder. There you find the washroom, which has a toilet and a sink, and the bathroom, which contains a tub. On this floor you can also cross into a terrace to get some fresh air. From the terrace, you can move into the airy loft and relax. 🙂

Small as this house is, it looks spacious, and would make a great place for small space living. Perhaps it’s for this reason that it won an A+ Award for architecture from the globally recognized group The Architizer.


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  • Steve
    June 12, 2015, 8:22 am

    no question about it, the awards it received it deserves, simply put, this is an incredible use of difficult space.

    i take mild issue with the idea of minimalist living being advanced here. it is minimalist due to no one living here. no clothes, no functional necessities, no food, no cooking gear no personal decorating. once the essentials are in place the minimalist appearance disappears. never the less, this is a remarkable project, encouraging the idea of living small, which the japanese have for centuries.

    i must admit the idea of having dinner guests over and when the need arrives to use the bathroom, ones guest is instructed to hand their plate to the host while the guest hoist themselves onto the kitchen table to climb the sole slaying thin ladder, while barefoot, as this culture requires this at the front door. hopefully the host has pre-informed the female guests to wear pants, or maybe not, as a northern exposure is about to take place for all remaining guests, could be interesting. yikes…

    i try to limit negative responses to reintroduction of reality, which is all i’m pointing out, leaving me one other concern, that of hvac. heating & cooling, i saw a vent in a floor in the bathroom, however other than that, no means to support life. i would not give this project the brutal distinction of a “vanity project”, but i would expect when a group of architects get together to build a project and another group of distinguished architects get together to give them an award, it might be revealed that air handling is as much a necessity as water.

    however… i would give these folks an award as well, for initiative, to try something hard and accomplish 90% of it. grad students aren’t taught common sense, and that is where the last 10% lies, easily obtainable. ad iudicium!

    • SteveDenver
      June 12, 2015, 10:19 am

      Excellent comment and I agree with all.
      I can’t count the number of times I’ve fumbled with keys to open the front door, then raced to the bathroom. That obviously can’t happen in this house.

    • PEDRO
      January 13, 2016, 4:50 pm

      I think one of the complaints I hear most is “where is the ac?”. I heard it at a lecture in Houston after an architect presented his work in Latin America. AC is such a luxury for many but it’s not the case in many parts of the world. Other places have amazing climate, and other places are just very used to no AC systems. If it’s hot in the summer it’s at least dry, and in the winter you deal with comfort in different ways. Only over the last couple of years have many places began to adopt window units. I think it’s an ignorant comment to make when it comes to international architecture. I actually find it bizarre how massive American-style residential homes have these incredibly massive attic spaces, taller than the ground floor façade. Could have been used for better purpose.

  • SteveDenver
    June 12, 2015, 10:14 am

    Stairs, then a climb onto the table and ladder to the loo?
    I’ve fumbled with keys to open the door and race to the bathroom, I’d never make it in this place.
    There was a similar place on Grand Designs Australia that featured one stairwell that served three floors running as one flight up one wall, with landings to prevent vertigo.
    While this space is challenging, it is oddly thought out and a lot of space appears unused or not maximized.

  • Dorca
    June 12, 2015, 10:25 am

    To “minimalist” for my taste. Seems cold and dark and not user friendly at all! To each its own…

  • Rich
    June 12, 2015, 10:29 am

    I agree with Steve’s critique. Few American’s would appreciate this space even aesthetically …………. more of a retreat and excellent in this regard but why mix the cramped dining function in at all? Have a tea ceremony or a glass of wine on the adjacent platform and retire to the futon. It is serene space; more of a temporary place…. carry in carry out. Sure beats a room at the marriot or hilton! 🙂

  • sc
    June 12, 2015, 11:04 am

    This would not work for me as a home, but maybe some kind of business office space or a club.

  • Dean
    June 12, 2015, 11:59 am

    There’s a home improvement show in NHK television that features renovations like this quite regularly. When you don’t have any room to spread out in, you have to build up (or down!). This is an especially nice example, though.

  • Karen R
    June 12, 2015, 2:26 pm

    Replace stairs with a little elevator, and we will talk . . .

  • Liz C
    June 12, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I agree with the race to the bathroom and the ladder. When younger, my kids had bunk beds with round ladder rungs and it hurt to go that short distance.

    On a different note, I have heard in the past that central heat and air is unusual in Japan. Don’t know if that is true or still true…

    • Dean
      June 12, 2015, 7:04 pm

      Depends on where in Japan you are.
      Central and Southern sections can be very hot and extremely humid (like 100%!), but up north, the weather can be more like it is in the northern united states.
      I was in Osaka. Kyoto and Tokyo in the summer of ’76 and it was hotter than H**L! The air was very “thick” because of the high humidity.
      …and on top of that, Polyester was “in” in those days, so that didn’t help either!

    • Mr. Lonnie
      June 13, 2015, 4:03 am

      Hi Liz, yes, it is still true. I have two friends that have central air, one in Tokyo, his first floor is a pub and kitchen, the other in Sapporo, he throws money away – these are the only cases of homes with central air that I know of … we generally heat or cool the rooms we occupy with dedicated units. Have never seen a hot water tank/heater in a home either – it is all ‘on demand.’ Did you notice the drain in bathroom floor and no toilet in the bathroom? That’s another practical idea. Nothing will end a romance sooner than …

  • Jane
    June 12, 2015, 10:11 pm

    This would drive me stair crazy!!

  • Susanne
    June 13, 2015, 6:19 am

    This house was just awful…. Terribly depressing., …:(

  • Sandi D
    June 13, 2015, 12:16 pm

    To me, this is so depressing. There is nothing pleasing to the eye. Its stark and blah! No thanks!

  • Mimi
    June 13, 2015, 9:41 pm

    I don’t get it. How can anyone possible “live” here. I mean you could exist…..but live? No. Depressing and cold. Mostly depressing.

  • Web
    June 20, 2015, 10:23 am

    “Did you notice the drain in bathroom floor and no toilet in the bathroom? ”

    Hard to be certain with the small graphic, but it appears there is a toilet at one end of the bathtub in the blueprint. It would be just outside the frame of the photo of the tub.

    • Dean
      June 21, 2015, 12:08 pm

      Whoever you’re quoting, tell them to open their mind and embrace the practices of other cultures, instead of trying to instill you’re own on others.
      A traditional Japanese bathroom is actually a two room affair.
      You have one room, which is the potty and the other room, in which one bathes.
      In Japan (traditionally) one baths OUTSIDE of the tub, thus the drain in the floor. Once you’ve cleaned yourself, then you go in the tub to soak.
      Here in the west, we’d say its a very “Zen” procedure, but that’s just how they do it over there.

  • Karen Blackburn
    October 26, 2018, 5:46 am

    I get that many readers are from the USA where air conditioning seems to be a necessity but in many other countries it is either a luxury reserved for shops/offices or the really wealthy who need to show off their wealth. Growing up in NZ it was often stifling hot, especially at nights, but other than having the luxury of insect netting over all the windows (and even then the wretched mosquitoes still got in) we relied on opening said windows and hoping that the air outside would cool during the night. We adapted, much as those in the days before AC adapted. I do have an American couple who had AC in their house but they gave it up after getting fed up with all their guests bringing wraps with them in summer to wear inside their house, they were used to living in a cold indoors (originally from Austin, Texas) but here we like the heat. It is common for the thermometer to reach in excess of 90degF in our tiny house in summer, even in winter a sunny day will reach 70deg indoors with only the sun for heat, but I would never even dream of wasting money on AC, even for only a 12′ x 37′ house. Especially after my friends told me that open windows and AC don’t mix. They are now acclimatised and open the windows instead (and their electric bill has gone down as well). It gets very hot but you cope, and surely tiny homes were originally designed to save money and cut down on unnecessary items which contribute to global warming and a wasteful lifestyle.

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