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The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space [Hardcover]

By Azby Brown & Kengo Kuma (Foreward By)
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The Very Small Home is an inspiring new book that surveys the creative design innovations of small houses in Japan. Eighteen recently built and unusual houses, from ultramodern to Japanese rustic, are presented in depth. Particular emphasis is given to what the author calls the "big idea" for each house-the thing that does the most to make the home feel more spacious than it actually is. Big ideas include ingenious sources of natural light, well thought-out loft spaces, snug but functional kitchens, unobtrusive partitions, and unobstructed circulation paths.
An introduction puts the houses in the context of lifestyle trends and highlights their shared characteristics. The Houses section details each project the intentions of the designers and occupants are explained. The result is a very human sensibility that runs through the book, a glimpse of the dreams and aspirations that these unique homes represent and that belies their apparent modesty. The second half of the book is devoted to illustrating the special features in the homes, from storage and kitchen designs to revolutionary skylights and partitions.
Building small can be a sign of higher ambitions, and those who read this book will undoubtedly grow to appreciate that building a small home can be an amazingly positive and creative act, one which can enhance one's life in surprising ways. In The Very Small Home, Brown has given home owners, designers, and architects a fascinating new collection of ideas.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770029993  
ISBN13  9784770029997  

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More About Azby Brown & Kengo Kuma

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Azby Brown is the director of KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo. After studying architecture and sculpture at Yale College, Brown entered the Department of Architecture of the University of Tokyo under a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education. After completing his Ph.D., he became an associate professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Just Enough, Small Spaces, The Japanese Dream House, " and "The Very Small Home." He lives in Tokyo.

Azby Brown was born in 1956.

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1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Home Design > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Home Design > House Plans
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > How-to & Home Improvements
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Residential
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > International > Asian
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Origami you can live in, or at least marvel at...  May 29, 2008
I LOVE this book! I don't think I could live in most of these houses... But, oh wow, would I love to spend a weekend.

In the truest Japanese tradition, these very, very small homes are morsels of perfection. No detail is too small; no corner neglected.

Somehow, ancient Japanese design seems modern. So these "modern" homes, in the Japanese context, carry on tradition.

My favorite house may be the little gem squeezed into what was a long, narrow driveway. It manages to be private, spacious, light filled and warm, AND incorporate a charming courtyard between the kitchen and traditional bathhouse.

There are so many ingenious ideas packed between the covers of this book. If you love architecture or small houses or big houses or live in a house or apartment or refrigerator box (especially the box--it's roughly the size of some of these houses) you may enjoy this book.

My main objection to these designs, is that I would require more privacy for the master bedroom. Many of them were open loft types, many of them barely segmented from the children's space. But, I still marveled at these tiny wonders. Some had the aura of cathedrals.

Highly recommended.
Excellent!  Jan 30, 2008
it is obvious that someone was thinking when they created this book!
I am very happy with the content and graphics.
Lots of great ideas for building a new, more efficient house.

How small can you go   Nov 21, 2007
For those considering a smaller home, this book will challenge your sense of size. Most of the featured homes are under 500 sq ft. While this may work well in urban Japan, I think most Americans would be very hard pressed to fit two people into anything under 700-800 square ft.

That said, many of the design solutions are elegant with clever ideas for spatial layouts, storage, light, and movement.

Brown does a very nice job illustrating each of the selected houses with a 2 page spread of photos. The photos are followed by another 2 page spread that clearly illustrates the floor plans in lovely, hand-rendered, axonometric views. Accompanying text describes the drawings and the key innovation / "big idea" of the design. The final section of the book discusses "small" design principles for specific areas of the house.

I would have given this one 5 stars, but I found myself really missing an additional 2 pages of pictures for each house so that I could really understand the spaces better.
Beutiful Photagraphy and uncluttered writing  Oct 25, 2007
I bought this book to research small space architecture as we are finishing our basement and planning expansion to our small home. The full page and collage photo spreads are gorgeous throughout this book. It contains much inspiration and thoughtful commentary on each of the featured homes.

The primary focus of the book is contemporary architecture throughout Japan. There is very little coverage of traditional, fuedal or colonial architectural styles I was hoping to find. Still, the space saving innovations shared by the featured designers and firms are a great resource for anyone planning small area multipurpose, or contemporary Japanese, home building.

Great as a reference and as a coffee table book. Beutiful and informative. If there's ever a revised printing, I'd request more fine grain detail on the space savers.
Small Book< Top Review  Jul 15, 2007
Interesting book well written, good details and good pictures, an insperation to those who seek some good ideas in looking as space saving ideas.

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