I have been holding on to this one for a while, but check out these houses that are being dubbed “coffin houses” because of their small size. At just over 8 feet long and 4-5 five feet tall these “micro apartments” rent for as much as the equivalent of $600 US dollars a month! None of them have windows in them and they all share a bathroom.
With rising population level and increased urban density we are beginning to see more and more of these type of housing solutions in places like Japan. While personally I don’t think I could pull this off, they do provide some interesting ideas for organizing small spaces.
To combat a lack of affordable housing in the capital city of Tokyo, landlords have developed what are known as ‘geki-sema’ or share houses: tiny cabinets barely bigger than coffins that can only be used for sleep and the storage of a handful of possessions.
Could you live in such a small space if it meant cheap rent and a great location?
Today we have another for the tiny house family readers, a Japanese house that is 678 square feet for a small family on a very narrow lot. What I really like about this house is the central part of the house is flooded with natural light through all the floors, while at the same time almost becoming an architectural focal point itself with the natural wood shelves.
This interesting Micro House is an interesting approach to the needs of day to day life. Taking space utilization to an extreme, the designers have taken very practical approaches to meeting the needs of the resident.
From the outside, the micro compact Paco House is a tiny cube, measuring three meters square. The contemporary prefab home boasts a minimal white facade devoid of details, yet it’s oddly intriguing. Designed with space efficiency in mind, Paco House was created with a minimal footprint – both physically and environmentally speaking – in order to blend into its environment with little impact to its surroundings. Because of its small dimensions, Paco doesn’t require an infrastructure. Eighty per cent of the home is manufactured in a plant, allowing for customization to the home and virtually endless possibilities for geographic placement. Paco House packs alternative energies into its small but oh-so-sweet design. This eco-friendly self-contained accommodation features solar and wind energy, water recycling and a biodegradable toilet.
I had a heck of a time trying to find more information about this apartment. Here is what I know, it is roughly 7.5 meters, it is in Japan, yeah that’s it. The center block I think mainly consists of stairway, so you simply climb up the middle and exit there to the perimeter of the apartment. There does seem to be shades for privacy, but the bathroom is still left open.