House Call: Long Tall House

Tokyo

Name: Long Tall House/Space Space

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Type: 2 bedroom, 3 story residence

Size: 102.69 meters squared

Designed by Japanese architect firm, Space Space, the Long Tall House is exactly that: a compact narrow residence wedged between two larger homes that optimizes its livable space with a dynamic design whose elements space upward, outside and even below with a third basement level, all tied together by a tightly wound spiral staircase. In the recognizable Japanese modern minimalism style, the interior is sparsely decorated, though luxuriously appointed in regards to usable and livable space, most notably with an open roof outdoor deck which provides open space on a lot without any front or backyard...

The other architectural feature we admire is the consistent inset of storage throughout the house, especially in the living room which spans out to the kitchen/dining area, with the media center and kitchen appliances set flush in one expansive plane, giving the long narrow room more perceived space.

Additional unique features of Space Space's Long Tall House are the opaque front window sheets that slide various configurations and that reveal the semi-transparent state only at night when the interior light glows through. The back garage is a large brushed metal surface which slides up and down to reveal a parking space, while a triangular loft section of the residence tops off the overall structure while providing an additional interior storage area.

Images of the Long Tall House from Space Space.

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