This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world.
They might appear ordinary and overly ascetic on the outside but inside they host unimaginable realms created to meet the exact expectations of their owners. Transparent floors, slides, transforming rooms, and hidden gardens all come into the equation to assist the architects in the challenging task of creating a unique space for their clients in the dense layout of Japanese cities. The setting for these fascinating small jewel-boxes of homes (some are no bigger than 60 sq.m. distributed between two or three stories) is a complex mixture of urban over-population, tight building regulations and proverbially expensive real estate. Yet they all bear a notable understanding for their inhabitants. See more of them HERE.
Iwan Baan www.iwan.com
Tadao Ando: Azuma Houseimages: Wikipedia user Oiuysdfg; Tadao Ando
image: Jérémie Souteyrat