5 charming shoebox designs that will inspire you

By Clara Lock / EdgeProp | October 12, 2017 6:01 AM SGT
For couples or families looking for your first home, small houses are the way to go. They’re cosy, easy to clean, and can save you a pretty penny over their larger counterparts. According to property analysts, small apartments have seen a rise in popularity as they are relatively more affordable, especially in the private property market. Not convinced? Check out some design inspiration from these tiny homes around Asia.
1) Hori No Uchi House, Tokyo, Japan
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Greater Tokyo is the world’s most densely populated metropolitan region, where a typical apartment measures just 365 sq ft.
To save space in urban Japan, micro homes are usually located within apartment blocks — but not this unusually-shaped house in Hori No Uchi. The narrow and top-heavy house overlooks a river, and houses a couple and their daughter.
Architects made the most of a narrow, triangular land parcel, building upwards to create an airy and spacious effect in the awkwardly-shaped house. Skylights and large windows maximise natural night in the woody interior, which has separate spaces for a kitchen-cum-dining area, study, master bedroom and even a playroom for the child.
2) Tiny House of Slow Town, Gangwon, South Korea
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The Tiny House of Slow Town isn’t just small — it’s also made out of environmentally friendly materials, which helps this tiny wooden cottage fit right into its scenic Gangwon surrounds.
The house is a prototype for a series of small wooden houses that will be built to accommodate visitors to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the Gangwon province currently lacks sufficient accommodation for the sporting event.
Inside, house hardly feels tiny. The modular staircase, built flush against one wall, frees up the living area from clutter. Upstairs, a steeply pitched roof allows for comfortable headroom above a cosy loft bed.