The Japanese have long been known for having a knack for getting the most out of limited spaces. But there’s one visionary architect from Tokyo who has taken things to a new level.
Sou Fujimoto has come up with the perfect solution for anyone who can’t afford the rent on their own yet doesn’t have the patience or tolerance for roommates and the overcrowding that leads to an inevitable loss of privacy, especially when it comes to cramped apartment-style living in major cities.
Fujimoto has conceptualized a new design in co-habitational living that totally reimagines how space and forms are used. Think of an M.C. Escher drawing come to life.
The architect's initial design called for nine separate but connected apartments—each with four walls and a roof, stacked atop one another precariously and attached through a series of odd-angled staircases. Essentially, it’s a nine-bedroom apartment broken down into individual structures. But by being a separate unit from the others, each room has reduced noise transference, singular views, and added privacy, to boot.
Is Fujimoto’s idea the next hottest thing in multifamily living? Probably not. But it may be just the fix for some metros and renters who simply want a room of their own.