OJT creates compact “starter home” for skinny site in New Orleans

Architecture firm Office of Jonathan Tate has designed a tall, narrow dwelling in Louisiana that offers a new approach towards entry-level homes in America. The project – Starter Home No 1, 3106 St Thomas – is located in New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighbourhood, which runs alongside the Mississippi River. It is the first completed dwelling in a

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Sliding doors and built-in furniture save space inside skinny house by Ana Rocha Architecture

At just four metres wide Ana Rocha Architecture’s wooden skinny house in Almere Poort, the Netherlands, has a frame that took only two days to build and occupies less space than a double parking slot. With a footprint of 16 square metres the micro home designed by Dutch architect Ana Rocha and her studio offers 50 square metres

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Skylights and slatted floors bring daylight into 2.5-metre-wide house in Japan

Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects has completed an exceptionally narrow timber house in Kobe, featuring an atrium that allows daylight to reach each of its levels. The site FujiwaraMuro Architects was given to work with was just 22 square metres, and flanked on either side by existing residential buildings. The studio had experience of dealing with the restricted sites common in many Japanese

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CCPM Arquitectos slots skinny corrugated-metal home into dense Buenos Aires neighbourhood

This small and narrow townhouse by Argentinian practice CCPM Arquitectos is slotted into a gap in a tightly packed neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The white, corrugated-metal roofs of the 89-square-metre residence slope in varying directions and at different gradients in accordance with the cramped plot. Constanza Chiozza and Pedro Magnasco of Buenos Aires studio CCPM Arquitectos added slivers of glazing and windows wherever

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Aleph-Bau creates metal rooftop addition for slender Toronto townhouse

Canadian studio Aleph-Bau has overhauled an urban residence in Toronto, creating a bright white facade and adding a sculptural rooftop volume wrapped in aluminium. Called Twelve Tacoma, the home is located in the Summerhill neighbourhood in central Toronto. It is situated on a street lined with 19th-century workers’ rowhouses known for their coloured brick facades

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Timber frame projects into rooms and stairwell of Alphaville’s compact Kyoto home

The timber structure of this house in Kyoto by Japanese studio Alphaville pokes through into the interior spaces, which were designed to optimise the dimensions of a narrow site. The property is located in a residential area close to the city’s Imperial Palace, where housing lots are typically narrow and elongated so that private yards can be incorporated at the

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Trees grow up inside narrow Vietnam house by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects

Trees grow up through the central atrium of this five-metre-wide house in Vietnam, designed by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects to offer its residents respite from noise and smog. A House in Trees occupies a narrow five-metre-wide plot in Tu Son town in Bac Ninh, a province east of Vietnam’s capital that is facing rapid urbanisation. It provides a home for a couple and

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Steel chain curtains cover skinny Osaka house by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Metal curtains can be drawn across the windows of this three-and-a-half-metre-wide house in Osaka by FujiwaraMuro Architects, which features a split-level layout with multiple staircases. The local architects were commissioned to design a skinny house to replace a demolished building in the commercial centre of Honshu, which is known for its modern architecture. The tightly packed site and its urban

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KC Design Studio adds perforated facade and atrium to skinny Taiwanese townhouse

KC Design Studio has updated a 3.7-metre-wide house in Taiwan with a perforated facade and lightwell to combat the lack of daylight in the island’s dense neighbourhoods. The local studio was asked to improve the natural lighting in the 50-year-old home situated in close proximity to noisy tourist attractions and night markets, without compromising the client’s privacy or security. “Considering the lack of privacy and good view,

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Skinny Rotterdam house for two architects features black brickwork and concealed windows

Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman designed this skinny house in Rotterdam for themselves, incorporating hidden windows into the black brick walls and adding a large indoor hammock. The architect couple designed their three-storey SkinnyScar house to occupy a narrow gap of measuring just 3.4 metres wide and 20 metres deep between residences in an old Rotterdam neighbourhood.

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Fifteen tonnes of rubble used to build Rotterdam house by Architectuur Maken

The bricks forming the facade of this tall, skinny house in Rotterdam are made from 15 tonnes of compacted industrial waste (+ slideshow). When Dutch architects Nina Aalbers and Ferry in ‘t Veld of Architectuur Maken decided to design their own home between two existing properties in the city centre, they decided to match its brick facade to its More

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Four-metre-wide house built in Tokyo by Atelier HAKO Architects

Atelier HAKO Architects has squeezed a three-storey house onto a four-metre-wide site in Tokyo, suggesting that skinny houses are still the rage in Japan (+ slideshow). The Japanese firm was tasked with creating a family home on the narrow site, located in the city’s Shibuya ward. To achieve this, architects Yukinobu Nanashima and Tomomi Sano planned a 70-square-metre building that More

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La Errería designs a facade that angles in and out for House F&M in Spain

The facade of this house in the Spanish town of Novelda is divided into three sections that are each angled to make the most of the available views and sunlight (+ slideshow). House F&M was designed by Luis Navarro Jover and Carlos Sánchez García of local architecture studio La Errería for a young couple looking More

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Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects completes four-metre-wide townhouse in Vietnam

A three-storey-high atrium brings natural light and ventilation into the heart of this skinny house in Vietnam by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects (+ slideshow). Designed for a couple and their child, Cul-de-sac house slots into a four-metre-wide site in the city of Vinh, which is flanked on all four sides by other houses. It takes its name from the More

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Triangular openings pattern handmade concrete facade of Khuôn Studio’s Kontum House

Concrete blocks with triangular apertures allow light to filter into the rooms and courtyards of this house in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, designed by local architects office Khuôn Studio (+ slideshow). Khuôn Studio co-founder Huynh Anh Tuan designed the single-storey property as a home for his sister and her husband. The pair had a limited budget, so the cost of building More

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Barker Freeman overhuals narrow Brooklyn row house for a family of four

US firm Barker Freeman Design Office has renovated a slender brick row house in Brooklyn and added a two-storey extension with a glass wall overlooking a garden (+ slideshow). Called the 12 Foot Wide Rowhouse, the project entailed the refurbishment of a 12-foot-wide (3.6 metres), four-storey residential building. The firm completely gutted the dwelling, which More

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Narrow São Paulo house rebuilt for an elderly resident by Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma has demolished and rebuilt the narrow São Paulo home of an elderly woman to combat numerous problems with structure and sanitation (+ slideshow). Villa Matilde has been the home of Ms Dalva for decades, but it had become severely dilapidated over time. Her son initially wanted to move her elsewhere, but later realised it would More

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Saigon House by a21studio is filled with house-shaped rooms at different levels

House-shaped rooms are connected by staircases and bridges inside this three-metre-wide house in Ho Chi Minh City, which was named House of the Year at the World Architecture Festival last month (+ slideshow). Named Saigon House, the four-storey property was designed by Vietnamese office a21studio to provide a family home for the client and her children, More

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Vietnamese shophouse by MM++ Architects features a facade that folds open

Vietnamese studio MM++ Architects has squeezed a contemporary shophouse into a four-metre-wide site in Ho Chi Minh City, with a facade that opens and closes like a giant shutter. Named Townhouse with a Folding-up Shutter, the four-storey residence takes its cues from traditional shophouses – a common building typology in Southeast Asia that combines a workplace with a residence. MM++ […]

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Alloy completes skinny townhouses in Brooklyn’s most expensive neighbourhood

New York firm Alloy has completed a row of skinny houses in Dumbo, with a concrete, wood and steel facade that is meant to reference the Brooklyn neighbourhood’s industrial character (+ slideshow). The DUMBO Townhouses project involved the demolition of a single-storey warehouse and the construction of a new building divided into five skinny single-family homes. Each unit […]

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House in Nara by Keiichi Sugiyama features a raised cedar terrace

An elevated terrace stretches along one side of this narrow house in Nara, Japan, providing the residents with glimpses into the neighbourhood (+ slideshow). House in Nara is slotted into a thin sloping plot between a road and a neighbouring home to the west of the Nara Basin. The slender rectilinear volume by Kobe architect Keiichi […]

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Curved lightwell cuts through 3.5-metre-wide Vietnam townhouse by Kientruc O

Curving balconies featuring tropical planting wrap a lightwell in the core of this narrow home in Ho Chi Minh City that is just 3.5 metres wide. Designed by local firm Kientruc O for a young family, House 304 occupies a 42-square-metre site in a residential neighbourhood of the city. Its 179-square-metre plan is distributed across four narrow floors, creating a slender building that slots between […]

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Three-metre-wide house in Seoul by AIN Group accommodates three individual residents

Seoul architecture studio AIN Group has built a three-metre-wide house for three residents in one of the city’s most densely populated districts. Continuing the trend for slender houses on constricted city sites, Guro-dong Mini House slots into the narrow space between two existing buildings in Seoul’s Guro District to provide a shared home for three individual occupants. AIN […]

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Katsutoshi Sasaki’s House in Yamanote features sleeping platforms raised over an indoor terrace

A corridor functions as an indoor garden for this small house in Toyota, Japan, above which architect Katsutoshi Sasaki has installed a series of wooden sleeping platforms. The need for natural lighting drove the design of House in Yamanote. Located in an area just outside the city centre, the building sits in the shadow of a […]

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Plywood and oak rooms feature inside renovated former home of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell

Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects has created a plywood and oak residence within a Stoke Newington coach house that was once the home of Anna Sewell, the author of the Black Beauty novel. Bradley Van Der Straeten was asked to refurbish the interior of the old brick house in north London to accommodate a new two-bedroom residence. The architects designed a […]

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Rooms are less than two metres wide inside Tokyo house by YUUA Architects

Japanese studio YUUA Architects & Associates has slotted a house into a 2.5-metre-wide space between two existing buildings in Tokyo. The rooms of the four-storey-high residence have a width of just 1.8 metres, hence its name: 1.8m Width House. This forced Madoka Aihara and Toshiyuki Yamazaki – the two principals of YUUA Architects and Associates – […]

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Kakko House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto is a 3.4-metre-wide home in Japan

Japanese architect Yoshihiro Yamamoto has sandwiched a house with a width of just 3.4 metres between a pair of existing properties in Osaka (+ slideshow). Named Kakko House, the slender residence provides a home for a couple and their child in one of the many densely built-up neighbourhoods of the city, which is one of the […]

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Josep Ferrando slots a skinny house between two existing properties in Spain

Concealed behind a historic facade, this narrow residence by Barcelona architect Josep Ferrando is wedged between the party walls of a pair of houses in the Spanish city of Sant Cugat.  The 225-square-metre residence fills a gap measuring less than six metres wide between two existing buildings in Sant Cugat – a town north of Barcelona […]

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JMY Architects combines living and retail spaces on a narrow site in Busan

An apartment, community space and shop are accommodated in this skinny building squeezed onto a narrow plot in the South Korean city of Busan by local office JMY Architects (+ slideshow). The site for the building in Busan’s Daecheong-dong district measures just five metres wide by 12 metres deep, so JMY Architects chose to combine […]

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Micro house by Architekturbüro Scheder is raised off the ground on stilts

This tiny two-room house, measuring just three metres wide, is raised above a grassy slope on metal legs in Hohenecken, Germany (+ slideshow). Designed by local studio Architekturbüro Scheder, Small House sits between two buildings on the edge of a forest in Hohenecken, just outside the city of Kaiserslautern in south-west Germany. There are only […]
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Asymmetric House in Touramachi slots between two buildings

Japanese studios SNARK and OUVI have slotted a six-metre-wide house with a lopsided roof between two buildings on the edge of a cemetery (+ slideshow). Located in Takasaki, a city in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture, the three-storey House in Touramachi was designed by SNARK and OUVI to provide a home for two generations of one family. Related […]
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