Narrow tin house

Japan's tiny footprint for urban living.

Japan has lots of people and not much room. Given its rapidly aging population and unnaturally low birth rate, that problem will eventually solve itself, but in the meantime Japan continues to innovate in architectural solutions to high-density city living. Enter the Rooftecture OT2.

As you can see in the pictures, the house (designed for a family with three kids) is located on a busy street that appears zoned for commercial use. Hence the metal barrier covering the facade. The idea is to keep people from seeing inside while still permitting air and light to flow through. Unfortunately, we’re not keen on living inside what looks like a utility shed with corrugated metal siding. And what, no lawn?