Nestled between two adjacent streets in Tokyo, the Wall of Nishihara, as this house is elegantly known, is the latest in the ever-reliably minimalist Japan's, uh, expanding crop of impossibly skinny architecture. Designed by the firm Sabaoarch, the three-meter-wide house is clad with concrete, which was treated to mimic the graininess of wood siding and pierced with tiny, boxy holes for windows. The interiors, meanwhile, are lighter and airier than one might expect, thanks to a large central, open staircase connecting the home's two floors—it's just like "climbing a tree," according to the architects. "While the exterior feels like a closed space, the house connects its inhabitants with the city. The wall is both substantial in its mass, and has a sense of transparency."
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