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Concrete hut tiny house in Tokyo

This is the story of a concrete hut tiny house in Tokyo, Japan. The home, nicknamed the Love2 House, was designed by Takeshi Hosaka for a couple. And has just 18-square-meters of space inside, which is approximately 200-square-feet.

One of the first things you’ll notice about it is just how far up the peak of the home goes up – and yes, inside you get to enjoy that vaulted ceilings which make you feel sort of like you’re in a cathedral even though you’re only in a 200-square-foot tiny house. Amazing, right? At the tip-top of the ceiling, yes, you have skylights.

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Couple’s concrete hut tiny house in Tokyo


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Sketch of the Love2

Open-air bath🛁

View from the bedroom of the open-bath – what a great idea…😀

The beautiful ceiling…😍

When you look up in the evening from inside🌚

204-square-foot concrete hut tiny house with cathedral ceiling in Tokyo, Japan (video tour)…

=> Please see the full photo tour here.

Our big thanks to Peter Christiansen for sharing!🙏

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Sheila
    June 3, 2019, 1:20 pm

    Classy looking. To tiny for me. I do love this. Japanese art has always been my favorite. Graceful people. Is cleverly built. Kitchen to small. 🙂 Really love the style on the outside and inside. Thank you for the video.

    • Alex
      June 4, 2019, 9:22 am

      I’m a big fan of Japanese style too! Thanks, Sheila, nice to see you!

  • David S Laker
    June 3, 2019, 2:22 pm

    I pity the poor neighbors who have to look down on that pile of misspent concrete. Are there no zoning laws? How did they get a building permit? And the outdoor shower? Again pity the poor neighbors.

    • Jill Joiner
      June 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

      They have safety laws but not zoning as we know it and have you ever heard of onsen? Why pity? I have a cousin and his wife who have lived in Japan for 16 years and the Japanese would say oh amazing use of space.

      • Alex
        June 4, 2019, 9:26 am

        I hadn’t heard of onsens before, I had to look it up really quick. If anyone else is curious…

        “An onsen (温泉) is a Japanese hot spring; the term also extends to cover the bathing facilities and traditional inns frequently situated around a hot spring.”

        Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onsen

        Thanks, Jill! Got to learn something new and unexpected 🙂

        • Jaime
          June 15, 2019, 8:28 am

          I think what Jill was actually referring to is the ‘furo’ – Which is the squarish tub next to the shower. A Furo is a soaking tub common in Japanese baths – NOT a bathing tub. You wash off with the shower, and then soak in the tub after.

          They are GLORIOUS.

    • Danby
      June 3, 2019, 5:32 pm

      I pity David S Laker. It appears he thinks his aesthetic is “the” one. Are there no zoning laws? What? Japanese have far stricter zoning laws, especially for house construction than the US does. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING has to be built to withstand earthquakes for a start. How did they get a permit? Maybe because they complied with what has to be done legally, rather than conform to what snobs in society deem to be appropriate. A classic example of that is what people have to do in HOA sub-divisions.

      I well recall the reactions to a group of buildings in Wellington, New Zealand back in the 70’s. Letters to the editors galore decrying the hideous monstrosity of it all. Now it is hailed as a classic piece of avant garde design and architecture. People flock to take photos of it. Especially… cough, cough, American tourists.

      As for me, personally this Japanese house doesn’t do much for me. And as for the shower, and blimey, did you not notice the bath as well, I wouldn’t like to try to bathe or shower there in winter. But that is quite normal in Japan. They tend to utilise it as a natural sauna. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

    • James D.
      June 4, 2019, 2:04 am

      There’s nothing to pity except that you think there’s a reason to… Jill’s right about how they would actually react to it.

    • Alex
      June 4, 2019, 9:24 am

      Now I am seriously wondering how they feel about it (the neighbors)


  • Marsha Cowan
    June 4, 2019, 1:58 pm

    I am sure the neighbors love it. The Japanese are connoisseurs of balance, harmony, and beauty. . . all proponents this tiny home.

  • Rick C
    June 4, 2019, 4:31 pm

    “View from the bedroom of the open-bath – what a great idea”

    Well, until you want to take a bath and it’s raining.

    • Alison
      June 5, 2019, 12:01 am

      There’s also an indoor shower, so no need to take a bath if the weather’s bad.

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