For three sisters and their families in Japan, NKS Architects created a single house that makes the most of available space without feeling cramped. The "3 Bundled Tubes" House combines an open common area with private rooms for each family. The plan offers an interesting approach to living communally in order to consume less...
The private spaces are arranged with two vertical "tubes" on either end of the building and one "hanging room" designed to be used as a kids' room or a single adult's room.
In the common area, varying heights section off the living, dining, and kitchen spaces. Large windows at the front and back of the house flood the interior with light.
Two front entrances allow family members to enter their spaces separately. They share the front lawn and porch.
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All Photos: Kouji Okamoto for NKS Architects