Modern, small sized homes in Japan aren't an uncommon sight, especially in real estate starved Tokyo. And at quick glance, the 969 square feet Sandwich House, designed by Ryoichi Kojima seems to simply be a handsomely executed modernist dwelling efficiently fit onto a compact 420 square feet plot. The real charm of the design is the inclusion of a mini cabin living room designed in suspension over the kitchen and dining area!
The three story Sandwich House incorporates a tree house presence without the tree itself, creating a cozy and semi-private space inside the cabin that also operates as a connecting room between the 2nd and 3rd floor (where the bathroom is located with a city view). It's also a visually playful architectural feat, as the cabin is only hinted from exterior, while clearly the focal point from the inside. We're sure the occupants have strong leg muscles from all that climbing!
[via What We Do Is Secret]