Japan has been suffering from an economic slow down since the nineties. Once poised to become the top economy in the world, China recently overtook Japan as the world’s #2 economy. The Times piece covers a lot of ground — living conditions, the zeitgeist amongst the youth, and common survival methods — but one thing that stuck out to us was the description of the microhouses that some young Japanese urbanites choose to live in:Quote:These matchbox-size homes stand on plots of land barely large enough to park a sport utility vehicle, yet have three stories of closet-size bedrooms, suitcase-size closets and a tiny kitchen that properly belongs on a submarine.
A new generation of Japanese homeowners are resorting (or, in many cases, choosing) to extreme measures to deal with housing in densely packed metropoli like Tokyo. Earlier this summer NPR showcased a few microhomes, highlighting the unique, volumetric solutions some architects are employing to deal with the shortage of space and money.
We’ll leave you with just a few of the more high-design microhomes, and the question: what would the American equivalent be? Will there be an American equivalent?