Video Source: Living Big In A Tiny House
By Bryce | Living Big In A Tiny House
It’s possible that this is one of the smallest homes that we have visited on the show so far and yet without doubt it is one of the most spectacular in it’s design. Japan is a country already world-famous for it’s small space designs, and so it should come as no surprise that when Japanese master-craftsman Tagami Haruhiko turned his attention towards the tiny house movement, amazing things would happen.
The home is crafted wherever possible from locally sourced and natural materials, predominantly cedar. There is an architectural edge to this tiny house on wheels which seems to draw inspiration from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, yet which has been given a unique and bewildering touch of Japanese-design.
Impressively, this tiny house is amazingly lightweight (weighing only 500kgs) and unlike many tiny houses on wheels, is designed to live most of it’s life on the road. This aspect was essential for the home’s owners, Rumi and Katrina, who are constantly traveling throughout Japan, working for their company Be Genki.
Inside, this small house is truly mind-blowing. The walls mirror the outside and again are covered in the most majestic of natural timbers. Beyond the aesthetics though, lies a true design marvel as the home is able to transform and reshape itself to suit the needs of it’s inhabitants. Seamlessly, the house is able to shift from being an open space to an office, an office to a kitchen, a kitchen to a dining room and a dining room to a bedroom. This principle of transformation is largely inspired by the traditional and multifunctional Tatami room, found in so many Japanese homes.
Down the far end of this tiny house is a small, yet functional kitchen which includes a faucet and sink, as well as two gas hobbs for cooking. Despite some objects being on display, the storage in the house is largely designed with the concept of items being kept out of sight to reduce any potential for the space to become cluttered.