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Little Re-Slope House

This is the Re-Slope House designed by architect Tomohiro Hata.

Inside, it features a unique tiered living area with lots of open space. Outside, the home even features a creative garden space. What do you think?

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Little Re-Slope House in Japan

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  • Large Marge
    August 10, 2016, 9:00 pm

    Scaffolding for a terrace patio. Genius!

    • Eric
      August 25, 2016, 5:59 am

      Hard on bare feet though…

  • Betty
    August 10, 2016, 9:56 pm


  • Niick
    August 10, 2016, 10:57 pm

    My elderly friends, and those in wheelchairs, really love totally inaccessible housing. They see thoughtlessness everywhere.

    • Sandra
      August 11, 2016, 4:41 am

      This house wasn’t built for your elderly friends, nor is it a public area to need to accommodate the needs of the general public. It was built for the specific needs of the family living in it. You are venting your bitterness on strangers, it is unnecessary and out of line.
      The house is very cleverly designed, bright and spacious, using simple materials to make a fantastic house in an otherwise very awkward building plot. Excellent work.

    • kevin
      August 11, 2016, 7:35 am

      obviously this wouldn’t be a design for you, no reason to get snarky.

  • Saga
    August 11, 2016, 6:45 am

    What a great use of a slope that couldn’t otherwise be used for housing.

  • Tim Hutchinson
    August 11, 2016, 7:49 am

    wonderful use of slope and open space

  • Dee Akright
    August 11, 2016, 8:58 am

    Made me nervous to see the couple with toddlers in the photos. Definitely not a house for children.

    • Eric
      August 25, 2016, 6:04 am

      It would seem that it is indeed a house for children. Methinks you need to stop wrapping kids up in cotton wool. No wonder so many of today’s younger generation are so… terrified of climbing trees, swinging on monkey bars, going to the park by themselves… all due to Helicopter Parents in the vast majority of cases.

      Anyway, it is in Japan. Kids are probably Samurai wannabes.

  • Janne
    August 11, 2016, 9:17 am

    I can respect this design although I do not like this personally. Someone mentioned the non handicap features, but I see small children and know it is only a matter of time before one falls off of one of the levels that have no railings. I hope this project is simply unfinished.

    I design homes for a living and any time I see a tiny home and an architect’s name is attached, I know it will look something like this one. It is a beautiful piece of art and the space may be used well but personally I don’t want a home made entirely out of plywood with hard surfaces everywhere. BUT many people like this so I’ll not say it isn’t lovely in its own hard way. I’m sure it was expensive to build too. This is not the tiny house I desire to have. Cost is a huge factor for most tiny housers.

    • Eric
      August 25, 2016, 6:06 am

      Janne, refer to my comment to Dee Akright regarding children.

      • Janne Zack
        August 25, 2016, 7:33 am

        Eric, my comment really had nothing to do with children…but the lack of handrails. A THOW without railings at the stairs or loft is different than a multi-level, foundation-built home because you aren’t walking around in the loft of a THOW, but more often crawling or scooting around on your bum. In this unit one can walk all around and without secure handrails, this place is a dangerous environment for ANY age especially guests, children, the elderly or middle aged…(practically anyone). Leaving this home open without railings is a law suit waiting to happen.

        But I didn’t say it wasn’t beautifully designed…I would just hate to fall off a ledge and break my leg while carrying the thanksgiving turkey to the plywood table. I’m hoping this home simply isn’t finished yet and that we will get to see it when it is.

        • Eric
          September 18, 2016, 7:44 am

          Odd… your comment said: but I see small children and know it is only a matter of time before one falls off of one of the levels that have no railings.

          That tells me it IS about children… as well as about lack of handrails.

          I stand by my previous comment that these days we (society) wrap up kids in cotton wool and they don’t get to be kids like when I was one. Over 50 years ago I might add. They even have a term for this… helicopter parenting.

        • November 6, 2017, 7:27 pm

          I agree with Janne. Most likely if they ever want to sell the house they will have to install some basic safety features.

  • Trish Dee
    August 11, 2016, 2:02 pm

    This is a great design, light and airy, and makes the most of the hillside space it has. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but you can’t deny it’s a standout.

  • August 11, 2016, 2:26 pm

    This is smart way to distribuite the conjugate, spaces with light
    ( when the light factor becomes prerogative).
    Respect the natural light in the dwellings is the bulwark of the most
    Civilized Peoples.

  • M. Hellman
    August 17, 2016, 9:59 am

    Love it… Except the plywood. Looks cheap, unfinishef

    • Eric
      August 25, 2016, 6:07 am

      Agree. Plain plywood to me is megafugly.

  • Rosalie Thomson
    November 21, 2019, 4:43 am

    How do I get one? I’ve got property with a slope.

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