House Tour: An Elegant and Simple 688 Square Foot Townhouse in Osaka

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Yoshiro Masuda
  • 01 of 08

    A Practical and Simple Small Townhouse

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    Behind this unassuming exterior is a practical split-level abode that's less than 700 square feet. Unlike many small homes we see these days, this one designed by Japanese architect Kazuteru Matumura doesn't have loads of concealed built-in storage.  Instead, the townhouse has a simple and functional layout that puts most of the occupant's belongings on display.

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  • 02 of 08

    Shoe and Bike Storage

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    The townhouse’s entryway doubles as a shoe closet. The occupants' bikes are also kept in this bright and welcoming spot.

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    Behind the Entryway's Wall

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    Behind the wall on the first floor is the bedroom and bathroom. They are the only rooms in the townhouse that have doors for privacy.

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    The Bedroom and Bathroom

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    The bedroom and bathroom are modestly sized and minimally furnished.  The bedroom is the only room in the home that has a built-in closet.

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    The Townhouse's Upper Level

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    The main living space is located on the second floor. Most of the occupants' belongings are stored out in the open on or around a shelf and a countertop that both run nearly the entire length of the second floor.

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    A Practical and Functional Tiny Kitchen

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    There are no cabinets in the kitchen. Pots, pans and cooking utensils are hung along the stainless steel backsplash. Dishes and bowls are stored on the shelf.

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    A Compact Home Office and Craft Area

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    The countertop functions as a desk for the home office and spot for sewing.

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    A Modest and Cozy Living Room

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    Yoshiro Masuda

    The upper level also has a small living room where the occupants' get to kick back and watch television.