NEVER TOO SMALL: Narrow L-Shaped Tiny House, Central Tokyo 50sqm/538sqft

Set on an oddly shaped, and extremely narrow plot commonly called a ‘Flagpole' plot in , Flagpole in Nakameguro tiny house is located in densely populated central . Architecture firm SALHAUS worked closely to accommodate client David Sun's specific requirements for the home, including a commercial kitchen and a forest-like rooftop garden. A feature facilitated by dividing the home into 3 stories and connecting each with an external staircase and generous balcony. Inside the home is a combination of concrete and lauan plywood, painted silver in areas to bounce light throughout the home. While the floor is currently independently rented out, it has been designed to be used by the in , while the second floor contains the main entrance, a narrow but creatively designed study, living space, and the disproportionately kitchen. The third floor features a uniquely designed, space efficient internal staircase that leads to the bedroom, shower and loft where a glass partition keeps kitchen smalls away from the sleeping areas while still allowing light to flow throughout the home.

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Project Name: Flagpole in Nakameguro

Produced by New Mac Video Agency
Creator: Colin Chee

Producer: Lindsay Barnard
Editor: Yasmin Bright


  1. Great use of the space, but just for one person, including the bed space. I was asking myself how disconfort must be watching a video in that bench park. Also, I have other questions: where they three seat in their meals? Where is all baby stuff like the baby tub? Where the baby sleeps? Where are are the space made for the wife since all presented was made only for the habits of the man owner?

  2. Tokyo simply suffering on the capitalism model that gone wrong… they have enough space actually, their island is definetly larger than JAVA Island in Indonesia and yet Indonesian can pack almost 3x the amount of those who lives in Tokyo. I think it depend on the capitalist model of each nation… There’s no clear rules on how much you get per price per m2, its all depend on it’s capitalistic model. And in this case, the one from Japan is extreme… its good and perfect but again its extremee…. 53 m2 (again, not because they lack of space – its just because thats how they define the space)

  3. I have the same gelato machine and was amazed it made the cut in such a tiny place. CLEARLY gelato is a top priority for them and I can’t disagree!

  4. A garden, workspace, full kitchen (with gelato machine!), reading nook, a bathtub, and even an extra floor that can be used as a rental space… This tiny house really has it all, and I love how cosy it feels. I would totally choose to live in a smaller space if I get to live in Nakameguro (one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Tokyo).

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