Love2 House, designed by architect Takeshi Hosaka, is a concrete micro-home situated on a compact plot in the Bunkyo district of bustling Tokyo.
Despite its miniature facade from the street front, this tiny abode in busy Tokyo appears impossibly spacious inside.
With a total floor area of just 19sqm, the Love2 House by Japanese architecture firm Takeshi Hosaka features enough space for a bedroom, full kitchen, dining area, shower, bathtub, separate toilet, and an outdoor terrace.
The secret to the home’s spacious appearance is in the steep conical roof, which is composed of two curved shells and stands tall at seven metres.
The home is designed by Takeshi and wife Megumi who run Takeshi Hosaka Architects. The couple previously lived in a home in Yokohama for 10 years, which they fondly named Love House.
When work at a university made Takeshi’s commute to Tokyo more frequent, the couple decided they needed a place in the city to act as their second home.
They named it Love2 House, and brought the best parts of their first home with them to continue the theme.
During the three months of winter, no natural sunlight reaches the plot which sits in between two much larger, two-storey homes.
To ensure light could fill the home, Takeshi designed the roof with two semi-circular skylight openings that would capture the sun’s rays and flood the home with sunlight.
“In the winter, the two skylights effectively take soft sunlight into the house. In the summer, the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like a tropical country,” Takeshi tells us.
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The primary material used for the walls both internally and externally is raw concrete. Despite this – and the small size of the house – the home feels far from a bunker.
Windows, in particular, the large window facing the street, allow for the residents to feel connected to nature and their community.
“When we have the window facing the street fully opened, people walking by stop and talk to me. Children put their hands against the glass and look inside, and we even pat dogs strolling by,” Takeshi says.