It is amazing how some clever design solutions can create a house that resists the appearances. Japanese retail company muji created a dwelling in Tokyo that looks small and tight from the outside and incredibly spacious on the inside.
The Vertical House has an interesting elevation made of dark wood, with large openings that provide the residence with ample light. While the visual aspect of the house is very appealing, it is the design that fascinates. Through a number of clever and well-thought solutions, Japanese architects managed to make the building very narrow so it would fit in a tiny space between two neighboring houses. Even so, the house provides the residents with more than enough space for daily activities.
That space is spread across three storeys, each and every single one of them place side-by-side in order to generate the impression of consistency. To achieve that, the designers went ahead and removed all unnecessary partitions, such as walls and doors. Even the stair hall accommodates additional living space. Large windows fill the house with plenty of light.
Thanks to white walls and bright wooden furniture, the interior feels spacious and airy, while maintaining the typical for Japanese architectural minimal and highly functional style. It is difficult to find a single piece of furniture or an appliance that would be obsolete - everything is there for a reason and puts the space to good use.