Clad in Larch Plywood, This Tiny Tokyo Bud House Has Seven Split levels With No Partitions | Yoshinori Sakano Architects

Tiny Tokyo Bud House | Yoshinori Sakano Architects

Yoshinori Sakano Architects divides this tiny Tokyo house into seven split levels without partitions and each of the split levels inside the house are visually connected. Laid out in a herringbone pattern and cut into parallelogram, the house ‘gives a feel that each resident lives in multiple small spaces yet one large space simultaneously.’ SURFACES REPORTER (SR) has covered the entire house that evokes a 3-D experience. Take a glance:

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Ivory Facade of Galavanized Steel and Plywood Interiors


Spread over an area of 26 sq m, the entire house along with a biscuit shop on the ground floor gives a unique look. The exterior of the house is covered in an ivory façade of galvanized steel sheets. The layers of steel have been arranged in the same way as inside, which gives a three-dimensional feeling of the whole project.

Almost all interior surfaces of this house are made of larch plywood panels


There is a metal staircase in the middle of the structure connecting all levels. It joins the ground level with the kitchen and the dining room on 1.5 level, then the living space on the second level, and finally the sleeping area on the top floor. 


The concrete steps of the stairs go down from the ground level to the basement, where one can find the bathroom and storage.


This small space with a number of splits allows residents to move quickly from one space to the other while staying connected. As the studio says, “we hope the house resembles a closed flower bud squeezed into a metropolis.”


Project Details

Name: Tsubomi House (Tokyo Bud House)
Architect: Yoshinori Sakano Architects
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Built-up Area: 26.20 sqm
Image Courtesy: Yoshinori Sakano Architects

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