150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
House in Futakoshinchi
Architect: Tato Architects
Location: Kanagawa, Japan
Photography: Mitsutaka Kitamura
This is an example of how Japanese architects often deal with small spaces. The house is located at the end of a long, narrow driveway, and occupies a 15.7 x 24.2 x 26.9 foot volume split into six levels. Two stairwells topped by skylights and small wooden step-boxes connect the different levels.
Split-levels can divide a floor with varying functions; for example, raising the floor of a living room will separate it from a dining room.
Step boxes, often associated with Japanese aesthetics, connect spaces of different heights. They eliminate the need for constructions that would disrupt the simple geometry of a room.
Raising a bathroom floor can help accommodate plumbing underneath, create an interesting floor level change, and even allow for a sunken bathtub.
Consider using curtains instead of doors to hide the interior of a closet. They add texture and soften a room.